Pirates Plant Bomb on Tanker

A homemade bomb was left on the Thai product tanker captured by pirates on Friday.

Up to eight armed pirates stole around 2,000 tons of bunker and five tons of diesel from the vessel Lapin in the Strait of Malacca. The pirates are believed to be Indonesian nationals, reports the Bangkok Post, and they were armed with guns and swords.

The tanker had just left Singapore at the time of the attack. The crew were held hostage while another vessel came alongside and stole the fuel.

There are no reports of injuries, but the master requested the assistance of navy and maritime police to diffuse the bomb after the pirates left.

For more maritime news see Maritime Executive

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