Piracy attacks off West Africa near double in 2016
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.