Tanker attacked and robbed, gang apprehended by MMEA
Tanker LEE BO was boarded by 14 pirates in the morning Jun 1 off Baharu, Malaysia, north of Singapore. Pirates, armed with machetes, robbed the crew of cash and valuables, slightly injured 2 of 12 crew, and moved to nearby MT Bright (no data found), where they were apprehended by The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) team, which descended on tanker from helicopter. Meanwhile, two gang leaders were arrested in Batam, Indonesia. Police already new about gang and its’ plans. Understood MT BRIGHT was under attack when boarded by pirates, though role of MT BRIGHT isn’t clear - MMEA director-general Admiral (Maritime) Datuk Seri Zulkifili Abu Bakar said that “…the robbers were targeting another ship but changed their target at the last minute to MT Lee Bo without knowing the oil tanker was not carrying any load…”. It may be assumed, that MT BRIGHT was under gang control, as a storage for fuel to be siphoned from hijacked tanker. MT LEE BO was sailing north along Malaysian coast, she was brought to Kuala Sedilli anchorage, Baharu.
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