SINGAPORE (Kyodo) Pirates tried Monday to board a Japanese-operated tanker near the Malacca Strait but fled when the crew raised the vessel’s alarm system, a regional piracy monitoring center said.

The foiled attack on the Pacific Harmony, a Panama-registered tanker, took place at about 2:40 a.m. off Singapore’s eastern coast, the center said. Five men reportedly attempted to board the vessel from a boat but fled upon hearing the ship’s alarm system.

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