ARTICLES RELATING TO SOMALI PIRATES

11 Indian sailors on small boat hijacked off Somali coast

2017-04-03 14:09

A private anti-piracy investigator says 11 Indian sailors on small boat have been hijacked off Somalia's coast, the latest vessel targeted by the region's resurgent pirates

Somali pirates demand ransom for oil tanker, EU force says

2017-03-15 06:18

Armed men are demanding a ransom for the release of an oil tanker they have seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the European Union anti-piracy operation in the region says.

2 Somali pirates get life in prison; 3rd gets 33 years

2016-11-09 08:32

Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he co-operated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case.

Somali pirate says 26 Asian sailors freed after 4 years

2016-10-22 22:00

A Somali pirate say 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid.

Ransom was paid for SA pirate hostages

2015-10-09 20:47

An investigation by international news network Aljazeera has revealed for the first time how a ransom was paid for Italian-South African hostage Bruno Pelizzari and his South African girlfriend, Debbie Calitz.

Somali pirates return, seize Iranian fishing vessel

2015-03-26 16:13

Pirates have seized an Iranian vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Somalia in the first successful hijacking in almost three years, officials say, raising fears that the scourge of Somali piracy may be returning.

12 Somalis acquitted of piracy in Mauritius

2014-11-06 14:44

Twelve Somali men tried for piracy have been acquitted in Mauritius for lack of evidence, court officials said.

Somali piracy in decline, but danger still lurks

2014-05-12 07:33

The presence of an international armada and the deterrents put in place by shipping companies have reduced piracy off the Somali coast and in the Gulf of Aden to practically nothing.

World sea piracy falls for third straight year

2014-01-15 13:32

World sea piracy fell for a third straight year in 2013, as Somali pirates were curbed by international naval patrols and improved ship vigilance, an international maritime watchdog says.

Somali piracy at 7-year low – UN

2013-10-24 10:34

Pirates attacks off the coast of Somalis are at the lowest level since 2006 because of tougher ship security and more Western naval patrols, the UN says.

 

A solution to Somali piracy is in sight – local communities hold the key

2017-03-30 16:56

Any relapse of piracy is likely to foster an even more dangerous brand of hijackings on Somali waters. It's therefore an opportune time to address piracy once and for all, writes Stephanie Carver.

UN: Somali pirates now focus on smaller vessels

2016-11-10 10:31

A UN report says it has been almost three years since Somali pirates successfully hijacked a large commercial vessel but they retain the capacity and intent to resume the attacks and have lately shifted to targeting smaller foreign fishing boats.

Tears, relief as Somali pirate hostages land in Kenya

2016-10-24 08:43

A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates has touched down in Kenya, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal.

Somali pirates seize Iranian fishing boat - monitor

2015-11-24 14:46

Somali pirates have attacked two fishing boats, capturing one from Iran with 15 crew, an anti-piracy expert says, adding that the vessel is now heading towards Somalia’s coast.

Illegal fishing off Somalia risks piracy return - report

2015-09-15 12:22

Rampant illegal fishing by foreign trawlers off Somalia’s once pirate-infested coastline is threatening economic gains in the Horn of Africa nation and could push communities back to maritime crime, a report warns.

World piracy falling, but SE Asia still a worry

2015-01-14 13:33

Piracy on the high seas fell last year to an eight-year low worldwide but the number of successful ship hijackings increased due to rising numbers of attacks in the waters off south-east Asia, a piracy watchdog said Wednesday.

Somali pirate kingpin finally arrested

2014-08-20 08:29

Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources say.

Pirates seize first ship in Somali area since 2012

2014-01-19 21:35

NAIROBI, Jan 19 - Pirates have seized a merchant ship in the Red Sea and have taken it south towards Somali waters in the first successful hijacking in the region since 2012, maritime officials said on Sunday.

Ban pirates, UN tells Somalia

2013-11-19 07:57

The UN has unanimously called unanimously on Somalia to pass laws banning seafaring off its coasts and urged the east African nation to more aggressively combat them.

Kenya jails four Somali pirates

2013-10-23 22:04

Kenya has jailed four Somali pirates for seven years over the seizure of a fishing boat in 2010, as efforts continue to end attacks off the Horn of Africa coastline.

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