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Global Ship Piracy Up Again, Terrorism Feared-IMB

Acts of piracy are rising sharply and global shipping is increasingly prone to “terrorist” attack, an ocean crime watchdog said on Thursday. In its 2002 annual report the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which monitors crime on the high seas, said the attacks on shipping worldwide rose steeply to 370 incidents last year compared to 335 in 2001. The IMB highlighted the dangers of a new and disturbing trend: attacks by militant groups like al Qaeda on tankers and merchant ships using small boats packed with explosives. In direct reference to the attack on the French tanker the Limburg, rammed by an explosive-laden boat in the Gulf of Aden last October, it said such acts would be difficult to stop. Full Story

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