UN sees piracy return
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The UAE-owned tanker was the first commercial ship seized off the eastern African seaboard in five years.
“This is absolutely a return of piracy”, says UN official
The hijacking of a UAE-owned fuel tanker off Somalia’s coast shows the threat pirates still pose to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, a risk that may also hamper the Horn of African country’s efforts to explore for offshore oil and gas, a United Nations official said.
“This is absolutely a return of piracy,” Alan Cole, head of the UN’s Global Maritime Crime Programme, said of the March 13 hijacking of the Aris 13 freighter in waters off Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region.
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