Pirate attacks rising off East Africa, Pentagon and shipping records show

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Pirates once again prowl the high seas off shore of this tiny country on the strategic Horn of Africa.
Navy Capt. Richard Rodriguez, chief of staff of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, said Sunday U.S. forces are monitoring of piracy in the area.
“It certainly has increased over the last eight weeks,” he told reporters.
After an absence of pirate attacks on commercial vessels for five years, there have been at least four incidents in the area since April 14, according to records kept by the IMB Piracy Reporting Center. The attacks are cause for concern but not surprising given the instability in the region.
On April 16, for example, a container ship in the Red Sea was repeatedly approached by small skiffs, according to the center, which tracks the crime. Armed guards on the ship showed their weapons and fired shots, turning away the skiffs. The center reported three other pirate attacks between April 14 and 22, its records show. Read the rest at USA Today.

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