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Jump in Piracy Attacks Off Bintan

World authority warns ships to take extra care near Indonesian island, after series of brutal incidents in the area. SHIPS have been warned by the London-based International Maritime Bureau to ‘take extra precautions’ against pirates when sailing off Bintan, after a series of ‘serious and brutal incidents’ in the area. The warning follows not just a rise in the number of attacks near the Indonesian island in the first half of the year, but more violent ones too – a trend the bureau finds worrying. In a report released yesterday titled Piracy And Armed Robbery Against Ships, the world authority on matters related to maritime trade said that violent pirate attacks hit an all-time high. Apart from the waters off Bintan, which is a 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore, it has also labelled the seas off Bangladesh, India and Indonesia as places that are ‘piracy-prone’. Full Story

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