Pirates are reportedly changing their attitude and as they look to apply every greater pressure to get ransoms paid, they are claiming that “killing hostages has now become part of the rules”.
According to media reports, the pirates are stating that if a rescue is attempted they will immediately kill hostages.
With the monsoon lull soon to end, it seems things could take a turn for the worse. Many experts predict a “perfect storm” as the pirates re-emerge into the fray in coming months.
The effects of better weather, new weapons and boats, fresh pirates, an ever greater desire for money would be bad enough, but the fact that many naval forces have been scaled back creates the potential for some worst case scenarios.