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Pirate warning for Somalia's coastline

Ships’ captains are being warned that if they make an unscheduled stop or slow down along the coast of Somalia their vessels will almost certainly be boarded by armed militia. The International Maritime Bureau [IMB] has highlighted the growing danger in its Annual Piracy Report. It has increased its rating for the risk of attack along the Somali coastline from possibility to certainty. The IMB said there was an increase in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea during the past year. There were 370 attacks in 2002 compared with 335 in 2001. Indonesia reported the highest number of attacks, followed by Bangladesh and then India. South America has also seen piracy increase off its shores. Full Story

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