Going Industrial

Somali gangs are taking piracy to an “industrial scale”.

Hijackings off the coast of Somalia accounted for 61 per cent of all attacks on ships, with 362 crewmembers taken hostage, according to Captain Mukundan of the IMB.

He said Somali pirates were still holding 21 vessels and 405 hostages for ransom. “Since 2007 there has been 62 fatalities as a result of piracy” he said, adding that “the situation is getting very serious.”

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