Nigerian piracy makes waves
World slowly waking up to the threat to shipping.
Pirates Go West: Somali Piracy Crisis Shifts to Nigeria
Remember the British yachting couple held in the Somali desert for over a year, and the German-American writer who travelled there to document their ordeal only to be kidnapped himself for twice that time?
Well, the good news is that the spate of pirate attacks off East Africa that peaked six years ago, with over 200 hijack attempts, has been largely contained by a 25-nation naval task force. Now, however, it’s the other side of continent that urgently needs international attention.
At least 32 commercial vessels were attacked off the Nigerian coast in the first quarter of this year. With no sign of abatement, that number will top the 47 vessels seized in the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden at the height of the Somali crisis in 2010.
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