Washington Post: Piracy back on the rise in Somali waters, U.S. military says
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — After years of relative calm, piracy is on the rise again off the coast of Somalia, U.S. officials here said Sunday.
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the Marine officer in charge of the U.S. Africa Command, said there have been “five or six” piracy incidents in the region in two months.
Waldhauser, speaking at a news conference here with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, attributed the spike in attacks to the widespread drought and famine gripping the region. He said the ships the pirates were targeting have been small in size and carried goods such as food and oil.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a trend, but we’ll watch it,” he said.
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WNU Editor: The above video is a recent deadly fight between Somali pirates and private security guards on board a cargo ship.
More News On Piracy Returning Off The Coast Of Somalia
US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia -- Washington Post/AP
U.S. watching piracy increase off Somalia, sees ties to famine -- Reuters
Pirate attacks rising off East Africa, Pentagon and shipping records show -- USA Today
Why Somali piracy is staging a comeback -- The Economist