Pirates rob tanker crew of cash in Malacca Strait

Bandits stormed a Singapore-registered tanker in the Malacca Strait and robbed the crew of their cash and mobile phones before escaping, police said Sunday. Ten pirates wearing ski masks and armed with long knives chased the Kyoseimaru tanker in a speedboat before boarding it near the southern tip of Malaysia on Friday, the Berita Minggu newspaper reported. The pirates tied up the 10 crew members and fled with about US$5,000 (€3,866) and several cell phones. No one was injured in the raid, the report said.