Somali Coast "World's Most Dangerous"
Pirate attacks make the waters off Somalia “among the most dangerous in the world,” a new report shows. Vessels are now warned against stopping or slowing down along the Somali coast, as this almost certainly means they will be boarded by armed militia. The risk of attack to vessels staying close to the coastline from Somali armed militias has now increased from one of possibility to certainty, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has said in a new report about the vulnerability of shipping to terrorist attacks and piracy. The Bureau warns that “any vessel, not making a scheduled call in a Somali port, which slows down, or stops close to the Somali coast will be boarded by these gangs.” They had extorted substantial sums from owners for the return of the vessel and crew, it was reported. Full Story