WorldViews: Piracy is on the rise in the world’s most crucial shipping lane

By Ishaan Tharoor, October 10, 2014

Last week, the Sunrise 689, a Vietnamese oil tanker, disappeared off the radar. This Thursday, it motored toward the Vietnamese coast under protection of a naval vessel. Pirates of unknown nationality had seized the ship Oct. 2 and kept its crew hostage while they siphoned a third of its cargo: some 2,000 metric tons of oil. "They put knives on our throats and threatened to kill us if we resist," the ship's deputy captain told the Associated Press by cellphone. One crew member broke his leg after trying to flee the pirates, reported the AP.

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