Vietnamese coast guards vs. pirates 3

Part three of the series looking at the Vietnamese fight against piracy.

Vietnamese coast guards vs. pirates – P3: All 11 pirates surrender, unhurt

After pirates aboard the Zafirah tanker resisted the orders of the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) by cutting anchor to flee, law enforcement forces decided to return with a firm reply by opening fire.

The pirates sped up the tanker to escape Vietnamese waters after dropping anchor for two days. The ship was just 70km off Vung Tau, a beach resort of the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Colonel Le Xuan Thanh, head of the VCG of Zone 3 in charge of the East Vietnam Sea waters from the south-central province of Binh Dinh to Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Delta, ordered a burst of AK rifle fire to warn the pirates.

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