Date: 1/6/2004

Pirates armed with guns and knives stormed a diving ship crewed by New Zealanders and other nationals in the notoriously dangerous Malacca Straits. The pirates boarded the deep-sea diving support vessel

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robbed crew members of cash and valuables and escaped. About half the crew of 50 were asleep when the pirates, wearing ski masks, boarded the ship from two small boats. They fired a warning shot, cut the communication wires and then held the crew at gunpoint. The pirates were reported to have fled with several laptops computers, mobile phones and thousands of dollars in cash. The 900 km Strait of Malacca is a notoriously high-risk area for pirate attacks.

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