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100 seafarers taken hostage in three months

Armed attacks on ships off West Africa trigger a rise in international piracy, warns the International Maritime Bureau in a new report.

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A surge in armed attacks on commercial vessels off West Africa triggers a rise in the scope of global piracy, warns the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau, IMB, in a new report, published Tuesday.

The IMB's international piracy agency registered a total 66 incidents in the first quarter 2018 compared to 43 in the same period 2017, and 37 the year before.

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