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Somali pirate attacks

The waters off Somalia are still some of the most dangerous in the world as pirates continue to ply their trade. And although sources of information may differ in precise numbers, trends show piracy is ebbing, due most likely to an international naval effort, new security measures and industry guidelines.

Piracy prone areas

Diminishing realm

Fewer attacks, hostages

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For the first time since Somali pirates began operating in 2005, the area in which they have attacked ships contracted in 2012.

Efforts to reduce pirate attacks have been successful, and the number of hostages taken has decreased. The worldwide numbers:


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