Piracy ‘surge’ off Somali coast
Pirates seized five ships in a 48-hour period ending Monday.
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The New York Times reports that the pirates are changing tactics by going after ships further out at sea. The five ships seized, according to Kenyan maritime groups, include a German freighter, a Taiwanese fishing trawler, a Yemeni tugboat, a French yacht, and a British cargo ship.
The Times reports that the pirates netted more than $100 million last year in ransom paid for the return of hijacked ships.
With more than 1 million square miles of sea to patrol, the international naval task force has a difficult job foiling all hijackings, The Times of London reports.
The Times reports that the EU has an agreement to try captured pirate suspects in Kenya, and the first trial is due to begin this month.