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World's Most Pirated Waters

Somalian coast

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Somalia’s Coast

Adjacent to Red Sea shipping routes, Somalia’s 1,880-mile coast has become the Venus flytrap of modern piracy. Pirates on mother ships launch smaller vessels, whose crews use weapons to maneuver their victims into exposed positions where they can be hijacked. Somali pirates have also become more adventurous, attacking vessels off the shores of Tanzania, Kenya, Yemen, and Oman. During monsoon season, the pirates migrate to calmer waters in the southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Mozambique Channel.

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