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Pirates raid Japan oil tanker off Malaysia, kidnap 3 crew

Published Wed, Apr 23, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[KUALA LUMPUR] Armed pirates raided a Japanese oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and abducted three crew members, Malaysian maritime police said yesterday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.

The incident in the Malacca Strait, a route for about a quarter of the world's seaborne oil trade, has fuelled fears piracy could be on the rise in the area and drive up ship insurance premiums.

Six pirates in a speedboat boarded the Naninwa Maru 1 at 1am local time yesterday off the coast of west Malaysia, Maritime Police Commander Abdul Aziz Yusof told Reuters.

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