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Interpol to help fight piracy

2011-02-19 08:04

Nairobi - A senior Interpol official says the international police body will help several African nations better fight piracy off the coast of Somalia because of its spillover effects to neighbouring countries.

Pierre Saint Hilaire of Interpol's maritime piracy task force said Friday the program will begin in Kenya and Seychelles. It will provide law enforcement officers with equipment and training to better investigate and manage piracy cases.

Hilaire says the program is funded by the European Union and will cost $2.17m.

Kenya and Seychelles have more than 100 Somali pirates in their custody. Some of the millions of dollars in ransom is believed to be invested in Kenya.