Only a few pirate groups are behind the many Gulf of Guinea kidnappings

Last year, only four to six groups of pirates were behind 25 kidnappings of seafarers in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa. The pirates were paid ransoms totaling nearly USD 4 million, shows new report. It will be difficult to combat the pirates, senior researcher tells ShippingWatch.

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Merchant fleets operating in the waters off West Africa in the Gulf of Guinea were terrorized by only four to six groups of pirate in 2020.

These groups, however, were responsible for nearly 25 kidnappings, reveals the report Pirates of the Niger Delta, which will soon be published by the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC. Earlier Wednesday, a summary of the report was presented in Vienna.

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