Hunt on for pirates that hijacked ship off Bintulu


LABUAN: The hunt is on for pirates that hijacked a ship off Bintulu in Sarawak waters on Saturday to steal its diesel.

The Malaysian Enforcement Maritime Agency Labuan Enforcement Chief Captain Che Adnan Mohd Isa said investigations were being carried out by Bintulu MMEA investigating officers to determine the identify the group.

“This incident happened in waters off Bintulu and that is why they are the ones in charge of investigating,” he said, adding that MT Budi Mesra Dua, which had been sailing from Singapore to Labuan, was hijacked for about 10 hours on Saturday.

He said initial investigations showed that six masked men in dark green overalls, armed with parangs and hammers, had climbed onboard the ship at about 11.30pm on Saturday, tied up the crew and confined them in a room.

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