Malaysian officers are questioning six Indonesians detained for allegedly attempting to hijack a ship in the Malacca Strait.
The commander of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s southern division, First Admiral Zulkifli Abu Bakar, said that sailors on a navy patrol boat allegedly saw the men climbing aboard a merchant ship off shore Johor Island, near Singapore, on Sunday morning.
“Once they realized that their acts were noticed, the pirates tried to flee. But our patrol vessel managed to catch up. We fired a warning shot before intercepting it in Malaysian waters,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Zulkifli said that the men apparently approached Johor from Batam, to the south, and planned to hijack three ships.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issued a hijacking warning in June to all ships transiting the Malacca Strait.
The IMB said there have been 41 hijacking attempts at the Malacca Strait this year to date.