SEOUL – A South Korean cargo ship was boarded and attacked by pirates outside the Singapore Strait on Monday, government officials said.
Armed with guns and other weapons, the pirates assaulted the crew of the CK Bluebell at around 4:25 am about 100 kilometers from the entrance to the strait.
They disembarked with $13,000 in cash and other personal items.
“Ordinary freighters navigate at a speed below 15 knots. But a speedboat operated by the pirates approached the freighter at a speed above 20 knots,” a Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries official said, according to Yonhap News Agency.
“Afterward, seven weapons-wielding pirates got on board and assaulted the sailors for about 30 minutes,” the official added.
Minor injuries were reported.
The freighter was en route from Brazil to Incheon, South Korea, at the time of the attack and carried on its passage afterwards.
South Korean-registered vessels near the strait have been sent alerts.