KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 Pirates attacked a
Malaysian oil tanker in the Malacca Straits and siphoned off its
load, the Malaysian navy and officials said on Wednesday, the
latest in a series of hijackings raising tension in Southeast
Asia's busy sea lanes.
The attackers stole 2,500 metric tonnes of oil and damaged
the navigation equipment of the MT Oriental Glory late on
The ship was headed from Singapore to a port in the eastern
Malaysian state of Sabah and all 15 crew were safe, an official
with the Piracy Reporting Centre told Reuters.
Authorities recovered the ship on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the latest in a spate of petro-piracy attacks along
the Malacca Straits and in the South China Sea with at least
seven recorded since April.
None of the attackers has been caught.
(Reporting By Trinna Leong and Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Editing
by Nick Macfie)