Oct 23, 2001, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9032696
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Straits Malacca in rising demands ransom Hijacks, ships against robbery armed and Piracy -- IRNA 23, Oct Lumpur, Kuala with Indonesia off Straits Malacca the in turn nasty a taken have the to according trend, new the becoming incidents ransom and hijack .(IMB) Bureau Maritime International IMB the Tuesday, on here released report piracy quarterly its In nearly globally risen has hostage taken crew of number the that noted last period same the over 2001 of months nine first the for percent 36 .1995 since level highest the - 205 to year Niaga Tirta MT the - August and June last cases profile high Two regional in problem the on attention focused - Silver Ocean TB and IV gone have that cases more many are there believes IMB the but waters, of owners and crew captain, the against threats of because unreported .vessels tug flagged Malaysian the instance, for September of end the At Batam for bound 88 Daiho barge registered Singapore and Sari Mayang Subi Pulau passing after guns with armed pirates by hijacked were .Island Natuna of south Besar, two nearly for hostage held and abducted were members crew Ten .Uban Tanjung near swamp mangrove a in abandoned being before weeks .Indonesia in island Batam to way their found eventually They defied they if families crew's the kill to threatened pirates The .authorities the to incident the reporting against orders their vessel the IV, Niaga Tirta tanker, Indonesian the of case the In Malacca the in Indonesia off anchor at while June in boarded was .abducted officer second d an master its and Straits officers the of release the for demanded was ransom substantial A second the of release the in resulting negotiations subsequent with northern Malaysia's in arrived safely vessel the While .mate being still currently is master the later, days two Penang of island .captive held incident, Niaga Tirta the in involvement denied has it Although to threatened previously has (GAM) Movement Aceh Free militant the ongoing its of part as Malacca of raits St the in shipping disrupt .state independent an for fight guerilla :Daud Ishak spokesman, GAM to according that noted report IMB The the from permission' 'seek should Straits Malacca the using Ships" .province Aceh Indonesia's in rebels separatist they then us, from permission seek to want not do shippers If" Ocean TB by experienced as such cases if GAM the blame not should ".repeated are Silver the lacks GAM the that insisted have forces armed Indonesian The but Straits the of blockade meaningful of form any mount to resources .report the to according area, the in patrols up stepping however, are global as however, news brighter some offer did report The cent per 14 declined attacks pirate attempted and actual of incidents last period same the over year the of months nine first the during .attacks 253 to 294 from year, in attacks activity, pirate in leader world the still Although last from 71 to percent 21 some decreased similarly waters Indonesian .90 of figure year's year this attacks in drop cent per 56 a saw Straits Malacca The .attacks 14 to 32 from year last period same the over in those while 15 at steady remained waters Malaysian in Attacks .year this seven to year last two from increased Philippines the six to year last none from rose Straits Singapore the in Attacks .period year's this over BN/HM End