Pirates rob S. Korea seamen near Singapore Strait

Pirates rob S. Korea seamen near Singapore Strait

SEOUL, South Korea: Pirates boarded a South Korean-flagged cargo ship near the Singapore Strait on Monday and robbed its crew of their money, clothes and mobile phones, South Korean officials said.

Two of the ship's 22 crew members suffered minor bruises during the maritime robbery, South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fishers said in a statement.

Seven pirates used a speedboat to approach the 40,000-tonne CK Bluebell before boarding it. One of the pirates was carrying a pistol while others were armed with knives, ministry officials said.

The pirates took $13,000 in cash, clothes, shoes and smartphones from the crew, according to the statement.

The identities of the pirates were not immediately known.

The ship, carrying 60,000 tonnes of corn from Brazil, was to arrive at a South Korean port on July 30. Four of the cargo ship's crew members are South Koreans while the other 18 are Indonesians, according to the ministry.

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