July 15, 2011

"They're more violent now than they have been in the past."

Australia Network News "Pirate attacks on the world's shipping rose by a third in the first six months of the year, as armed and dangerous marauders became bolder and more willing to take risks."

'The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says there were 266 piracy attacks in the first half of the year, compared to 196 a year ago.

'The IMB - which reports attacks on commercial shipping to naval forces - says 60 per cent of the attacks were by Somali pirates.

'Captain Pottengal Mukundan, the director of the London-based bureau, told Radio Australia's Asia Pacific program they are the "same pirates . . . but they have over the past couple of years improved their techniques to attack ships."'

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