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Sea piracy drops to six-year low in 2013: Maritime watchdog

January 16, 2014 - 6:00am


The International Maritime Bureau said sea piracy has dropped to its lowest level in six years, with 264 attacks recorded globally in 2013.

This is a 40% drop since the peak of Somali piracy in 2011, reports The New Straits Times. The Bureau's report said that more than 300 people were taken hostage at sea in 2013, and 21 were injured. A total of 202 vessels were boarded, 12 were hijacked and 22 were fired upon.

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