Pirates kidnap 6 Vietnamese sailors off Philippine coast

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2016 4:17 AM

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Pirates attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship and kidnapped six of its crew members off the Philippines' Basilan island early Friday, state media and a maritime official said.

The Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that the ship, named "Royal 16," was on its way from Vietnam's northern port city of Hai Phong to Indonesia with 19 crew members and a cargo of cement when it was attacked.

The ship sent an alert at 3:31 a.m. from a location about 10 nautical miles (12 miles, 18 kilometers) southwest of Basilan island, the newspaper said.

It said six crew members were kidnapped. After the attack, the ship anchored safely at Zamboanga port in the southern Philippines with the remaining 13 crew members, including one who suffered gunshot wounds in the arm, the newspaper said.

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Philippine coast guard officials were investigating the attack, it said.

A Vietnam Maritime Administration official confirmed the attack, but gave no details.

The administration has asked regional and international anti-piracy agencies for help.