Piracy at­tacks off West Africa near dou­ble in 2016

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Pi­rate at­tacks off West Africa al­most dou­bled in 2016, with the ma­jor­ity of in­ci­dents oc­cur­ring off Nige­ria’s coast, a new re­port said Tues­day. In­ci­dents of piracy and armed rob­bery at sea off West Africa in­creased from 54 in 2015 to 95 in 2016, ac­cord­ing to the Oceans Be­yond Piracy mar­itime project. Pi­rates in the re­gion are in­creas­ingly us­ing kid­nap­ping for ran­som, the re­port said. “The model of­fers fi­nan­cial gain with less risk to the per­pe­tra­tors than hi­jack­ing for cargo theft,” said Maisie Pi­geon, a lead author of the re­port.

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