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Pirate Attacks Raise Spectre of Terrorism at Sea

Anti-piracy experts warn terror groups may target ships with chemical cargo next in the Straits of Malacca. A spate of attacks by pirates armed with automatic weapons has heightened concern about the possibility of terrorists hijacking chemical tankers sailing in Indonesian waters. There have been three attacks in the past month and seafarers have registered a dramatic increase in piracy in the region since the start of the US-led war against Iraq. ‘We cannot rule out this possibility. Hijacked ships could be used by terrorists,’ Malaysian marine police chief Muhammad Muda said yesterday. But he was quick to point out that police had not found any indication that the most recent attacks had been carried out by terrorists. ‘For now, it only suggests that it is being done by individuals for monetary gain,’ he said. Full Story

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