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Fatal attacks by pirates surge in 2004: watchdog

The number of seafarers killed by pirates surged last year, even though the overall incidence of armed robbery on the high seas fell, an international watchdog said in its annual report out Monday. Thirty mariners were killed in attacks, mainly in Nigeria and in the busy Malacca Strait separating Indonesia from Malaysia, the Piracy Reporting Centre of the International Maritime Bureau said. The figure represented a significant rise on 2003, when 21 seafarers were killed. Nigeria had the most deadly waters, with 15 seafarers killed while four people were killed in the Malacca Strait, the Malaysian-based centre said. Worldwide actual or attempted piracy attacks declined to 325 from 445 in 2003, but violence against seafarers “continues and remains at high levels,” the report said. Full Story

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