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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Nigerian Pirates: Most Deadly

The Malacca Straits in southern Asia have received a lot of press because of the pirates infesting those waters. However, a new report says that the waters of Nigeria are the world's most dangerous.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Monday that half of the 30 deaths recorded in pirate attacks around the world between 1 January and 30 June occurred in Nigerian territorial waters.

Gangs, armed with automatic rifles and increasingly with rocket-propelled grenades, cruise along in speedboats and barges, finding cover in the maze of creeks and rivers intertwined with mangrove swamps that make up the delta where the River Niger empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

NIGERIA: Piracy report says Nigerian waters the most deadly [IRIN News]
Pirates Stalking the Malacca Strait [Johnsville News]
Piracy on the High Seas [Johnsville News]
Weekly Piracy Report [iccwbo.org]

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