Somalis No Longer World's Worst Pirates
Attacks off West Africa soaring
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2013 3:13 AM CDT
A crew of US sailors and Nigerian special forces soldiers prepares to board the NNS Burutu for a training exercise off the Nigerian coast.    (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

(Newser) – The pirate-infested waters of West Africa are now even more dangerous for seafarers than the rather more infamous seas around Somalia, according to an International Maritime Bureau report. West African pirates recorded attacks on 966 sailors last year, compared to 851 for Somali pirates—which was down 78% from the year before, reports the BBC.

Like any other pirates, the West African pirates often resort to violence and killed five out of 206 captives seized last year, the report found, noting that the Gulf of Guinea attacks haven't received the same attention as the Somalian ones. West African pirates tend to target fuel cargo—which they can cash in on a lot faster than pirates on the other side of the continent. "In Nigeria, money moves quite quickly, unlike in Somalia," one seafarer says.

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YankeeJane
Jun 18, 2013 9:04 PM CDT
Don't play around with them. Arm the ships and when they attempt to board, shoot. After a few groups are wiped out, new groups will think twice about it.
clmsman
Jun 18, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
I really thinks it stupid that cargo ships and tankers are prohibited from being armed when on the high seas. These puny pirates are litely armed and if a cargo ship had a couple batteries of 50 cals that would put and end to their assault.
vlad
Jun 18, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
they`ve passed the torch to the IRS !