Malaysian maritime security forces rescued two Vietnamese fishermen who'd been shot by Filipino pirates at sea, on Tuesday.
Four masked pirates fired shots at the Vietnamese, who were working for a Malay employer, at around 9am, Wednesday some 20 nautical miles from Malaysia and 50 nautical miles from the Philippines, the Bernama news agency reported.
Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, Sabah's Police Commissioner, said in a statement that Nguyen Nain Len, 47, was hit by a bullet that struck below his armpit; Huynh Thanh Tuan, 33, was hit in the knee.
Both are under treatment at Queen Elizabeth 2 Hospital in Sarawak.
“They are being treated in the hospital's emergency ward and are in stable condition,” he said.
The officer said the pirates have continued to pursue the 10-man Vietnamese crew until they were rescued by a Malaysia naval patrol.
Jalaluddin said vessels from the Malaysia marine police, royal navy, maritime enforcement force, and the Eastern Sabah Security Command are in the process of hunting down the pirates.