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Piracy headlines don't tell full Gulf of Guinea story, says analyst

While kidnapping numbers are higher, overall incidents in the Gulf of Guinea have been steady for years. Progress is being made, but chronic underfunding of navies means a solution cannot be found overnight

Concerns about the increasing threat of Gulf of Guinea piracy must be viewed in context, says Risk Intelligence senior analyst Dirk Siebels. Not all attacks are targeted at international merchant ships and some have more to do with local crime or business disputes than hostage-taking for ransom

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