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Tanker Hijackings on the Rise in Southeast Asia

Pirates continue to hijack a coastal tanker on the average of once every two weeks to steal their cargo of fuel, according to data released Wednesday by the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center. A total of 134 incidents of piracy and armed robbery globally were reported to the center from January through June, an increase from 116 during the same period last year. So far this year, 250 crew members have been taken hostage with one fatality and nine...

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