Attacks soar in Asian seas

Latest ReCAAP report released.

Attacks soar in Asian seas as pirates bare their fangs

Jermyn Chow

Piracy in Asian waters has hit its highest levels this year since a piracy watch centre started keeping tabs in 2006.

There have been 169 actual or attempted sea attacks reported so far this year, predominantly in Indonesia, the South China Sea, the Strait of Malacca and Strait of Singapore, according to the ReCAAP Information-Sharing Centre.

The number of incidents, logged from January to last month, has surpassed full-year figures in the last five years, and the previous record of 167 in 2010.

Sea robbers are not only becoming more active, but also more daring and violent.

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