Myanmar pirates causing terror

River pirates causing serious problems for locals.

Pirates of the Ayeyarwady terrorise port communities

River pirates are running rampant on moored boats in Mandalay but ship owners and workers are too afraid to report cases to police or the media, sources in the area say.

Two weeks ago, a group of women sleeping on board a ship docked on the Ayeyarwady River in Mandalay’s Chan Aye Thar San township was targeted by the pirates.

“There are many ships docking at this time of year so robbers are particularly active,” said a ship owner, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution.

One of the women shouted for help and was attacked by the group, suffering injuries to her head and chest after being hit by an object fired with a slingshot.

The attack has had a chilling effect on river workers, who are now too afraid to inform the authorities when a robbery occurs.

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