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.

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