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Somali pirates have deadlier weaponry

2012-04-13 09:11

Cape Town - Somali pirates have acquired sophisticated Libyan weaponry for bolder attacks on ships, it was reported on Friday.

Weapons like mines and shoulder-held missile launchers were being acquired in one of the biggest black markets for illegal gun smugglers, security analyst Judith van der Merwe told the Cape Times.

"Somali pirates are among those buying from sellers in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other countries.

"We believe our information is credible and know that some of the pirates have acquired ship mines, as well as Stinger and other shoulder-held missiles launchers."

Van der Merwe, of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism, was speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium in Cape Town.

The symposium concludes on Friday with a meeting of regional navy chiefs to map a new anti-piracy strategy.

Comments
  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-13 10:17

    shoot them out of the water the moment you see them/pick them up...the seafloor is big

  • Gavin - 2012-04-13 11:25

    And as usual, the world will sit back and do a whole helluva lot of NOTHING.

  • Corne Steyn - 2012-04-14 07:12

    Ironically the Sierra Leone Defense Force is getting ready to join the African Union mission in Somalia to assist against Al-Shabaab and the Pirates.

  • Roger - 2012-04-16 09:31

    The security analyst needs to get his facts straight; there were no stingers in Libya. A Stinger is a US made weapon, Libya has Russian SA-7 and above series weapons. If they don't know the difference between them, then I don't give them much credibility.

  • Mark - 2012-04-16 10:27

    Dont see any of the "freedom " fighters SADF wanting to go help the AU do anything about it, again the west has to deal with the bread basket case of the world and this is closer to SA than you think. Info from the CIA and Interpol say that a lot of arms etc are originating in SA for these pirates makes you think.

      Fidel - 2012-04-16 10:50

      So you have CIA intel access! The west has to protect its own shipping lanes. You just couldn't pass the chance to slate SA or SADF freedom fighters as you put it.

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