ARTICLES RELATING TO SOMALI PIRATES

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.

Somali pirates on trial for seizing French yacht

2013-10-14 11:22

Three Somali pirates have gone on trial for hijacking a yacht in 2009, which prompted a rescue operation by the French special services in which the skipper died.

Families beg pirates to free hostages

2013-08-08 12:29

Families of some of the more than 50 sailors and fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates have begged for their release, with some imprisoned now for more than two years.

Somali pirates protect illegal fish boats

2013-07-25 20:13

Frustrated by a string of failed hijacking attempts, Somali pirates have turned to a new business model: providing "security" for ships fishing illegally.

Somali piracy drops to its lowest in 7yrs

2013-07-15 12:01

Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden dropped to their lowest level since 2006, an international watch group says.

West Africa has world's worst piracy rate

2013-06-19 07:47

West Africa has overtaken Somalia as the world's piracy hot-spot with 966 sailors attacked last year, the International maritime Bureau says.

 

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.

Malaysia jails 7 Somali pirates

2013-09-02 13:11

A Malaysian court has sentenced seven Somali pirates to between eight and 10 years imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to shooting at Malaysian troops on board a tanker in Gulf of Aden in 2011.

Kenya jails nine Somali pirates

2013-07-30 20:04

A Kenyan court in the coastal city of Mombasa has sentenced nine Somalis to five years in prison each for attempting to hijack the German merchant vessel MV Courier in the Gulf of Aden.

Somalia's ship wrecked hostages

2013-07-22 14:56

More than 50 sailors are being held for ransom in grim conditions on Somalia's pirate coast. Many of them come from poor families in Asia.

Ship seized by Somali pirates sinks

2013-07-09 11:25

A Ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2010 has sunk with 2 crew members, 6 pirates reportedly dying.

SA Navy leads anti-piracy drive

2013-06-09 17:40

The South African Navy is reportedly playing the lead role in preventing Somali pirate attacks in the Mozambique Channel.

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