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Piracy plague will get worse before it gets better

PIRATES who have reputedly won a ransom of more than $3m for the release of the Ukrainian ro-ro Faina “got lucky”, in that it is doubtful they knew their target was carrying such a valuable cargo of armaments. But little else about their activities in the Gulf of Aden is the result of luck. It is more about skill and a rapidly growing capacity to hijack even large ships many miles offshore, according to security experts.

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