Terrorism Africa News
Dubai is hosting an anti-piracy conference. The conference comes on the heal of an International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report stating that “worldwide pirate attacks in the first three months of 2011, driven mainly by Somali pirates, were the highest ever, at 142 attacks.” The director of IMB, Captain Pottengal Mukundan, said, “We’re seeing a dramatic increase in the violence and techniques used by pirates in the seas off Somalia.”
Somali pirates have hijacked 15 vessels and 299 people have been taken hostage in the region in the first three months of 2011. A total of 97 attacks reported. Last year, 35 attacks were reported around Somalia in the same period.
The pirates are now using some of the ships they have captured as ‘mother ship’ to extend their reach. According to G Captain the Somali pirates have extended the radius of their reach each year since 2005. In 2011 they are now operating very close to the coast of India.
In January of 2011 there were 25 vessels and 601 hostages being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia, according to the international chamber of commerce.
Without a doubt this piracy is terrorism. People have suffered and died at the hands of the pirates. How could these poor Somali men mass such a consistently powerful assault on ships? What caused them to initiate the piracy. Below are some opinions.
Noam Chomsky advises that the piracy has it roots in actions by the West, including the United States:
The Genesis of the piracy: