Navy busts Malacca robbers

Success against armed robbery gang.

Navy busts gang of ship robbers in Malacca Strait

The Navy’s Western Fleet Command (Koarmabar) has reported that it has arrested five members of a gang that stole equipment from ships in the Malacca Strait, saying such criminals gave the Malacca Strait a bad reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous sea routes.

“They are not pirates. They are just sea criminals who climb on to vessels and steal parts. The purpose of the crime was to steal and sell the parts to other people who are also members of the gang,” Koarmabar commander Rear Admiral Achmad Taufiqoerrahman said in Jakarta on Thursday.

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