Crewman dies during attack

Pirates board tanker, one crew killed.

Tanker crewman shot dead off Malaysia

George Joseph

MALAYSIA: A tanker crewman has been shot dead off the coast of Malaysia, the IMB confirmed today.

Seven armed men boarded the Vietnamese-flagged asphalt/bitumen tanker VP Asphalt 2 yesterday. They asked for details of the cargo and even opened hatches to take samples of the cargo.

Not satisfied with the nature of the cargo, the armed men left the vessel after robbing the crew of their valuables. At some point during the robbery a seafarer was shot, although the circumstances are not yet clear, the IMB said. He was airlifted to Singapore by a Singapore Air Force helicopter where he died in a hospital.

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