Kidnapping Pirates Caught on the High Seas

Phu Quoc's map view.

Viet Nam’s border guards on Thursday caught several members of a gang of Cambodian pirates who were forcing four Vietnamese fishing boats to sail to Cambodia.

The flotilla was intercepted 14 nautical miles west of Phu Quoc Island by a combined force of the Coastguard, Naval Zone Five and Sea Police.

A speedboat believed to be carrying the gang’s leader escaped from the scene.

Besides four Cambodian nationals, the border guards seized three AK-47 rifles, a K59 pistol and 85 bullets.

Initial investigations suggest the hostages would have been held for ransom.

By Binh Dai - Translated by Hoang Uy

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