Pirates take dhow off Puntland

Vessel likely to be used as mother ship.

Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel: Somali official

By Abdiqani Hassan

Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel on Tuesday to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm.

Crews have let security procedures slip in recent years and travel far closer to pirate-infested shores than authorities recommend, shipping sources say. The pirate gangs launch small, fast skiffs from bases on shore to try hijack vessels.

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Source: reuters.com

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