Revived Somali robbers wage terror at sea

Somali robbersFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – RESURGENT pirates are holding eleven crew members hostage following renewed attacks on commercial ships off the Somali coast.
A spate of such attacks has been noted in recent weeks after a lull of five years.
The worst assault has been on the cargo ship Al Kaushar which was ambushed and its crew held captive since the April 1 incident.
In an earlier hijacking of ship MT Aris 13 Somali pirates in speed boats and skiffs struck and held the crew hostage before being released after a firefight with the navy and subsequent negotiations.
The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, said recent attacks indicated Somali sea robbers were reviving their onslaught and intent on continuing attacks on commercial shipping. “I urge the international community to be vigilant, to work in close partnership and to hold the Somali pirates accountable,” he said.
Fedotov said with large parts of the Somali coast remaining beyond the reach of law enforcement authorities, ships should continue to follow the advice of navies and the International Maritime Organisation when planning passage off Somalia.
Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a threat to international shipping since the second phase of the civil war in the early 21st century
Some 1 300 suspects are either on trial or jailed.

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