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Pirates raid Thai ship, siphon fuel

April 26, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Pirates hijacked a Thai tanker off eastern Malaysia, injuring the captain and stealing diesel fuel from its cargo, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said Thursday (April 24th), AFP reported.

The raid occurred April 17th, when 16 pirates in a speedboat boarded the ship under the cover of darkness, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre.

"The pirates siphoned part of the tanker's diesel cargo into a tanker ship and stole crew members' valuables before escaping," he said, adding that the IMB was only informed of the incident on Thursday due to the ship's damaged communications system.

The attack came amid a reported rise in acts of piracy off Malaysia, Choong said.

The ship, with 14 crewmembers, was sailing from Singapore to Cambodia. Choong had no more details about the captain's condition.

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