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UN group says most hijacked ships ignored tips

UN group says most hijacked ships ignored tips

A group of nations battling Somali piracy says nearly all the recently hijacked ships ignored its recommended safety precautions.
The chairman of a U.N. meeting Thursday hosted by Norway says pirates "almost exclusively" attack ships that do not follow the recommendations of the group and the maritime industry.
Norwegian diplomat Carl Salicath also says up to a quarter of all ships passing through the Gulf of Aden still ignore those precautions.
Somali pirates now hold about a dozen vessels hostage and more than 200 crew members.
Also Thursday, the Security Council extended for another year the mandate for the African Union force that is keeping the Islamist insurgency from overrunning the U.N.-backed Somali government's enclave in the capital, Mogadishu.


Updated : 2021-06-14 16:53 GMT+08:00