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Asia remains prime target for piracy

12th June 2017 - 09:51 GMT | by ​Neil Thompson in London


Crime on the high seas appears to be staging something of a comeback according to warnings from watchdog groups and security experts, with Asia the overall global leader for instances of piracy in 2016. 

According to the anti-piracy group Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), there were 125 recorded instances of piracy in Asian waters last year, once armed robbery, hijacking, kidnapping and ship-boarding cases were combined. 

By contrast, West Africa, the second most pirate-plagued region, recorded just 95 instances of pirate activity. 

The snapshot revealed by OBP paints a complex picture of maritime security trends in South and Southeast Asia

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​Neil Thompson


​Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson works freelance for Shephard and other defence publishers, but is currently employed as …

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