January 19, 2011

“At the moment, it looks like it’s getting out of control.”

NYT "Attacks on ships were up 10 percent over 2009, as were the number of hostages." by J. DAVID GOODMAN

'Despite an international effort to ensure safe passage through the world’s most treacherous waters, pirates escalated their attacks in 2010 for the fourth straight year, striking more ships and taking more hostages last year than in any year on record, according to an annual report on piracy.

'The report, by the Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau, found that pirates had taken 1,181 people hostage and killed 8 in attacks on 445 ships over the course of 2010. At least 53 ships were hijacked last year, the bureau said.'

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