Posted on June 04, 2018 by Hannah Berry
14 pirates armed with machetes attacked crew members onboard the tanker Lee Bo whilst it was off Baharu, Malaysia, north of Singapore on 1st June.
Two of the 12 crew onboard were slightly injured as they were robbed of cash and valuables. The pirates were arrested as they moved to neighbouring vessel MT Bright, as The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) team boarded the vessel via helicopter.
Datuk Seri Zulkifili Abu Bakar the MMEA director-general Admiral (Maritime) said that “…the robbers were targeting another ship but changed their target at the last minute to Lee Bo without knowing the oil tanker was not carrying any load…”.
It is assumed that MT Bright was already under gang control when it was boarded by the pirates and although it has not been confirmed by authorities, it is thought it was possibly going to be used to store fuel which was to be taken from the hijacked tanker Lee Bo.
Police have confirmed that they were already aware of the gang and had been alerted to their planned attack. Following the initial arrests, two further gang leaders were detained in Batam, Indonesia.
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