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Piracy attacks

Piracy attacks

The number of pirate attacks across the globe more than doubled in the first half of 2009 because of rampant high-seas raids by Somali pirates, a maritime watchdog said yesterday. The International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting center said incidents of piracy rose to 240 from 114 worldwide in the six months to June, compared with the same period a year ago. "The rise in overall numbers is due almost entirely to increased Somali pirate activity off the Gulf of Aden and east coast of Somalia, with 86 and 44 incidents reported respectively," it said in a statement.


Updated : 2021-10-21 04:06 GMT+08:00