Watchdog: Piracy attacks in SEA highest in last half-decade

KUALA LUMPUR: Pirate attacks in South-East Asia this year, particularly in Malaysian waters, is the highest it has ever been in the last half-decade, said an anti-piracy watchdog.

The Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) added that the number of piracy incidents in the Malacca Strait had doubled in the first three months of this year.

When the South China Sea is included, there were 25 incidents of piracy and robberies between January to March, ReCAAP said.


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