Deputy Director of the Council of Agriculture Fisheries Agency Huang Hung-yan (黃鴻燕) said that two Taiwanese fishing boats were allegedly fired upon by the Indonesian navy between 3:00 and 6:00 this morning, CNA reported. The vessels were traveling through the Straits of Malacca at the time of the incident.
The boats, Sheng Te Tsai (聖德財) and Lien I Hsing No.116 (連億興116號), had been catching tuna in the Indian Ocean and were on the way through the Straits of Malacca to unload their catch in Singapore. The crew claims that the vessel that fire at them only had a code 2804.
The shipping lane divides Malaysia and Indonesia and has been known for pirate activities. As it is an international shipping lane, most vessels are free to travel through, though may be subject to inspection by the Malaysian or Indonesian authorities.
The attack on the fishing vessels has not been confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Indonesian government. Taiwan authorities expect the crew to be interviewed in Singapore as part of an investigation.