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It’s been a full year since Somali pirates hijacked a boat

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Getting the feeling that it’s all a lot of oysters, but no pearls.
  • David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

Editor of code, visuals, and data

Horn of AfricaPublished This article is more than 2 years old.

Over the last 12 months, piracy off the Horn of Africa has nearly disappeared. In the first 16 weeks of 2013, there have been no vessel hijackings reported (pdf) to the US Office of Naval Intelligence. And according to the UN, the last vessel to be commandeered by militants was the Greek tanker MV Smyrni on May 10, 2012, almost a year ago.

The disappearance of Somali piracy follows

Attacks on ships in the region have also declined. From 2009 through 2011, pirates were attacking more than 100 ships a year. In 2012 only 24 ship were fired upon. So far this year, pirates have fired on four vessels but not successfully boarded them.

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