Malaysian coastguard hunts two alleged Indonesian pirates

Malaysian coastguard hunts two alleged Indonesian pirates

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (ANTARA News) - The Malaysian Coastguard is hunting two alleged Indonesian nationals, who hijacked and robbed a Thai-flagged ship "MT MGT 1," after receiving a red notice from the Interpol.

"Following a red notice from the Interpol, we are hunting Udin Jawi and Arjuna," Head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Faridah binti Shuib, stated in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Jawi and Arjuna were identified as Indonesian passport holders after an investigation held by the Interpol, according to the MT MGT 1 ship crew`s testimonies.

According to the investigation, the two Indonesians were suspected, along with other five people who were all wearing masks and bearing weapons, of robbery on Sept 4, 2017.

Shuib has called for anyone who has information or can acknowledge those names to call the Malaysian Maritime Criminal Inquiry with Lieutenant Commander Mohd Faizal bin Abdul Rahman at 03-89957813 in Putrajaya or other related office in each state.

The hijack occurred when the Thai tanker, loaded with more than 1.7 million metric tons of diesel oil, entered Malaysian water on Sept 6, 2017, at around 8:30 p.m., after departing from Rayong Harbor on Sept 4.

The tanker, which was owned by Global Transport Company Ltd, was manned by 14 Thai crew members, who were reported to be safe.

(T.A060/B/KR-BSR/A014)

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