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West Africa accounts for 36% of global piracy, robbery-at-sea incidents in Q1 2020

10th April 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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In the first quarter of 2020 a total of 60 instances of armed robbery and piracy were recorded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with a little over 36% (22 incidents) occurring in the West Africa region.

While the international efforts to counter piracy emanating from the Horn of Africa have been successful through the development of local security capabilities, the embarkation of private armed guards on shipping in transit and deployment of international naval forces, the same cannot be said about the seascape on the other side of the continent. 

Instances of piracy and robbery-at-sea (defined as acts carried

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