Somalia piracy still a threat, says agency

By Philip Mwakio

Threats of piracy on Somalia’s Coast are still real, a global maritime agency has warned.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) warned foreign ships sailing near Somalia’s coast to remain vigilant despite a drop in piracy attacks in the Horn of Africa.

A report released by IMB last Thursday says there was no piracy attack off the Coast of Somalia between January to March 31 this year due to preventive measures deployed by the foreign warships to thwart such attacks.

“The combined efforts of the navy troops in the region along with the increased hardening of vessels and best management practices, employment of privately contracted armed security personnel and the stabilising factor of the central government within Somalia has resulted in this positive sign,” IMB said.

However, the agency said despite the lull in piracy activities in the region, Somali pirates still had the capacity to carry out attacks.

For the full article, please click here.