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Seven held after pirate raid foiled

Malaysian authorities have arrested seven Indonesians who allegedly tried to rob a tanker off southern Malaysia.

First Admiral Zulkifli Abu Bakar of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the men, who were armed with axes and bayonets, boarded the Majuro-registered vessel anchored off Johor state before dawn on Wednesday.

But the crew, led by a Russian captain, managed to sound the alarm. Patrol boats rushed to the scene within minutes, and authorities caught the suspects and confiscated their wooden boat.

Mr Zulkifli said police are investigating whether the men were involved in any of the 10 other attacks off Johor so far this year.

Authorities have stepped up patrols following the string of attacks.

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