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SINGAPORE (Kyodo) Pirates slipped aboard a Japanese-managed tanker in the South China Sea early Thursday, but there were no casualties and no damage, a Singapore-based piracy monitoring center said Friday.

Seven robbers armed with knives and short swords boarded the Panama-registered tanker High Energy from a small fishing boat just after midnight off the Indonesian island of Anambas, according to an incident alert from the ReCAAP Information Sharing Center.

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