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Pirates attacked more ships in the Malacca Strait in Singapore

In the final months of 2019, more dry bulk and commercial vessels were attacked by pirates in the Malacca Strait off Singapore. This development raises concerns at an organization, which calls for increased cooperation among authorities in the region.

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More commercial vessels were attacked by pirates last year in the Malacca Strait off Singapore than the previous year. The pirate attacks escalated in particular towards the end of the year in the eastbound part of the strait, shows a new report from Recaap Information Sharing Centre, ISC.

A total of 31 incidents occurred in the Malacca Strait. This was a significant deterioration compared to the two previous years, where the strait off the coast of Singapore experienced eight and seven pirate attacks, respectively.

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