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IMB worried about violent Nigerian pirates

While the number of attacks by Somali pirates is decreasing, there has been a sharp increase in the number of attacks by Nigerian pirates, who display a high level of violence, says the International Maritime Bureau’s quarterly review of pirate attacks.

The number of pirate attacks on the international trade fleet has dropped significantly in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. This is due to the dropping number of attacks by Somali pirates, though the number of attacks by Nigerian pirates is increasing.

This is evident from the mid-year piracy report from the International Maritime Bureau, which shows that the first six months of 2012 saw 177 pirate attacks reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, versus 266 reports in the same period last year. This is first of all the result of the decreased activity of Somali pirates seen in 2012, down to 69 cases in 2012 compared to 163 cases in the first six months of 2011.

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