Watching the World: Tanker hijacked in Malacca

03/21/2005
Hammering on about a single theme can get mighty boring at times, but in a case concerning the security of international oil shipments the hammering obviously has to continue.That’s because fears of a terrorist attack in the vital Malacca Straits were revived last week when a gang of 35 pirates armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers seized a tanker believed to be carrying methanol in the waterway.The 1,289-tonne Indonesian-owned MT Tri Samudra was steaming from Samarinda in Kalimantan province on Borneo Island to Belawan on Sumatra Island when it was boarded in the evening of Mar. 12.“The pirates attacked the ship as it was heading towards Belawan and o...
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