Southeast Asia overtakes Somalia

Southeast Asia has become the world’s hotspot for pirate attacks

Southeast Asia overtakes Somalia as hub of global pirate attacks

Southeast Asia has become the world’s hotspot for pirate attacks after an international clampdown slashed the number of hijackings off the coast of war-torn Somalia, the UN said on Thursday.Piracy in Southeast Asia surged last year, particularly in the maritime trading hub of the Malacca Straits, between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Attacks in the region topped 150 last year after starting an upward trend since 2010, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said in a report.

“Piracy in the Malacca Strait continues to be a major disruptor for safe routes in the eastern Indian Ocean,” said the agency.

Last month the International Maritime Bureau said that there had been 23 actual or attempted attacks in Southeast Asian waters between January and March, mainly off Indonesia.

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Source: midnimo.com

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