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Pirates target tanker off Somalia as incidents jump

Heavily armed pirates have stepped up attacks on merchant shipping along Somalia’s coast, with one of the latest of nine incidents in two weeks targeting a laden oil tanker, an ocean crime watchdog said on Wednesday. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said gun-wielding pirates in white speed boats had fired at two large dry bulk carriers in the last week alone — one off the northeast coast and the other off the war-torn nation’s eastern coastline. It also reported an attack on a petroleum product tanker on July 26 by a band of pirates in two speed boats armed with rocket propelled grenade launchers and machine guns. Full Story

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