Why piracy in Singapore Strait persists in the Covid-19 pandemic

Piracy cases have surged again in 2020 in the Singapore Strait despite the pandemic.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - In the darkness of a warm May evening, five pirates climbed aboard the bulk carrier Vega Aquarius that was sailing through the Singapore Strait en route to China.

Armed with knives, they accosted a sailor, relieved him of his cellphone, and left him with a minor head injury before fleeing.

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