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Indonesia-bound Thai tanker believed hijacked

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31, 2014 (AFP) – A Thai tanker is thought to have been hijacked on its way from Singapore to Indonesia, the International Maritime Bureau said Saturday, following a number of pirate attacks in Southeast Asian waters.

The diesel oil tanker MT Orapin 4, with 14 crew aboard, lost contact with its owner after departing the city-state on Tuesday, IMB’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre said. It was heading to Pontianak on Indonesia’s Kalimantan.

“It’s a possible hijacking,” the centre’s head Noel Choong told AFP, adding that pirates recently had attacked a number of vessels in the area, usually to siphon off…
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