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Crews rescued as Somali pirates resume attacks

13 April 2017

Somali pirates have been resuming attacks on shipping after almost five years with few incidents. However, the continuing naval security presence in the waters off Somalia, and enhanced law enforcement in the country, have come to the aid of seafarers who have been victims of recent attacks.

In one operation, Somali security forces freed an Indian cargo ship, Al Kausar, and its 10 crew members after it had been hijacked by pirates off Somalia. Three of the pirates were captured.

In a separate joint operation on 9 April, Indian, Pakistani and Chinese naval vessels rescued 19 crew members of a Tuvalu-flagged vessel after it had been captured by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The crew, who had retreated to the vessel’s citadel, were reported to have been from the Philippines. No pirates were found on board.


All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email:


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