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‘Sharp fall’ in ship hijackings

Ship hijackings around the world fell by nearly a third in the first half of this year, according to new figures. Only 127 incidents were reported in the first six months of 2005 – compared with 182 in the same period last year. But the International Maritime Bureau, which produced the figures, said piracy remained a problem and Indonesian waters were still the most dangerous. The trade organisation also pointed out a “new and worrying trend” of armed robberies in waters off Iraq. It said there had been four “serious incidents” reported between April and June, despite the number of US-led coalition ships patrolling the area. “Attacks in and around Iraq were almost non-existent” before this year, the report noted. Full Story

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