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Oil tankers warned of terror threat

world Updated: Mar 05, 2010 02:08 IST
Oil tankers

An unidentified terrorist group is planning attacks against oil tankers in the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the Singapore Navy and a shipping association said.

It reminded operators that militants could use smaller vessels such as dinghies and speedboats to attack oil tankers and urged them to take precaution.

Security analysts have said that the Malacca Strait, bordered by Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, is a prime target because more than 30 per cent of global trade and half the world's oil shipments pass through the narrow waterway.