Malaysia foils hijacking of Thailand’s oil tanker hinh anh 1Malaysia arrests 10 pirates for attacking a Thai oil tanker (Source:
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – A special team from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on September 7 foiled the hijacking of a Thai oil tanker and arrested 10 pirates aboard the ship in the Pulau Tenggol waters.

The MT MGT1 tanker with 14 people on board went missing on September 6 while en route to Malaysia’s Johor state.

While the 10 were detained on the tanker, the three others managed to escape, and an MMEA vessel has been sent to find them, the agency's chief Maritime Admiral Zulkifli Abu Bakar said.

The alleged mastermind was arrested at a Malaysian hotel a few hours later, he stated, adding that none of the 14 crew members on the tanker, all Thais, was hurt.

The tanker, which was transporting 2.2 million liters of diesel valued at about 7 million ringgit (1.66 million USD), had been escorted to the town of Kuala Terengganu to help with the investigation into the case.-VNA