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Naval Warfare

W.Africa distracted from piracy

27th March 2015 - 10:46 GMT | by Philip Rood in UK


Internal political issues in several West African countries are preventing Governments from addressing piracy threats in the Gulf of Guinea and neighbouring waters.

The assistant director of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), Cyrus Mody says piracy off West Africa is one of his greatest areas of concern because of the degree of violence, the regular exchange of fire and the lack of reporting.

‘The lack of reporting does not allow for a true indication of the levels of attacks in that area. We would say that only 25-35% of incidents are being reported and that means it’s more difficult for ...

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