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  • pirates have been stepping up attacks in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, most recently killing one sailor and kidnapping 15 from a Turkish container ship.

  • But who are the pirates?

  • Why have attacks increased and what is being done about it?

  • Experts say the pirates come from Nigeria's turbulent *** Delta, a region that produces the bulk of the country's petroleum but is also underdeveloped, scarred by pollution and has high unemployment bye.

  • Last year's oil price crash and Nigeria's second recession in five years have worsened the economic hardship.

  • Illegal activities such as oil theft and piracy are a lure for those desperate for money on the creeks that snake through the swampy region provide an escape route on a place to hide kidnapped crew.

  • Those who once stole cargo or siphoned oil have also discovered that companies will pay large sums in ransom.

  • The International Maritime Bureau has tracked a steady increase in kidnappings over recent years.

  • Enduring 2020 pirates in the Gulf seized 130 seafarers in 22 separate incidents, accounting for all but five of those taken at sea world wide.

  • The Gulf of Guinea borders 20 countries and is a key route for everything from soda to steal in a region that relies heavily on imports, Saturday's attack will locally increase pressure on Nigeria to do mawr.

  • It has an initiative known as Deep Blue to develop maritime surveillance and security on blast year secured its first conviction under a new anti piracy law.

  • There's also the You one day code, established in 2013 between 25 countries in the region to coordinate on piracy and other crimes.

  • But most countries in the area ban international navies, all armed private security from their waters.

  • Foreign navies such as France, Spain and Italy already patrol the region's international waters, but Shipping Trade Association been co says there's an urgent need for a coordinated international law enforcement operation.

pirates have been stepping up attacks in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, most recently killing one sailor and kidnapping 15 from a Turkish container ship.

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Why is piracy on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/01/28
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