Malaysian Navy commandos have rescued a chemical tanker hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden just hours after the ship was seized.
The commandos injured three pirates, captured seven, and rescued 23 crew members on board the MT Bunga Laurelon Friday morning.
The armed pirates stormed the ship on Thursday night, and the crew responded by locking themselves in a safe room and activating a distress signal, which was picked up by the navy.
The commandos exchanged gunfire with the pirates before overcoming them, the navy said in a statement on Friday.
According to the New Straits Times newspaper, the Bunga Laurel was carrying oil worth $10m.
The newspaper also said that a Fennec attack helicopter had pinned down the pirates' "mothership" with machine gun fire as the commandoes boarded the Laurel.
Najib Razak, the prime minister, said he was informed of the situation and that the authorities were considering whether the pirates should be brought to Malaysia to face trial.
Sumber: Aljazeera.net, 22/1/2011