New Blackbeards of Malacca Strait: Southeast Asia’s pirates are getting bolder

Patrick Winn
BANGKOK — Much of the petroleum that keeps Asia humming arrives by sea on tankers. But these vessels filled with crude oil aren’t just plying ordinary waters. They’re plying seas infamous for piracy.

Forget Somalia. Southeast Asia’s seas — particularly around Indonesia — are now among the most preyed-upon waters on the planet. Pirates with skill and cunning can make millions by seizing just one boat and siphoning off its fuel. And they appear to be getting bolder.

The latest attack kicked off when eight pirates with pistols and machetes climbed aboard a Malaysian oil tanker on June 11.


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