Pirates looted Sh45bn last year: report

Ship owners paid Somali pirates over Sh45 billion ($60 million) in ransom money last year, a report from a regional anti-piracy watchdog has revealed.The Seafarers’ Assistance Programme report indicated that 47 vessels and nearly 300 crew members were captured by the pirates.Programme co-ordinator Andrew Mwangura said that despite existing international efforts to counter piracy, 12 vessels and their crew, including a yachting couple, have so far fallen captive this year as piracy continued to threaten commercial activities in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian ocean.“During the first weeks of the new year, large ships continued to be attacked by the daring pirates,” he noted.

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