Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea increases

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Piracy at sea

Piracy is growing in the Gulf of Guinea, but these pirates are not kidnapping people.  Instead, it's cargo they want, according to the UN.

In 2010, the International Maritime Organization reported 45 incidents of piracy in 7 countries that boarder the Gulf of Guinea. Last year the numbers rose to 64 incidents in 9 countries. In the first 2 months of this year, the IMO recorded 10 incidents. 

Under Secretary-General Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council Monday, that the region needs a united front to respond effectively to this growing threat as well as significant logistical support.

"The threat not only persists, but appears to be gaining ground in a region where the high value assets that pirates target are abundant. The Secretary-General's mission found that piracy in the gulf of guinea has become more systematic with pirates resorting to sophisticated modes of operations and utilizing heavy weapons."

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