Somali pirate attacks increase after monsoon lull: US Navy

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia has increased following a lull, with four failed attempts in the Gulf of Aden in the past 10 days, the US Navy said yesterday.
Attacks were picking up after the lull of several months, as the monsoon season was ending and seas were no longer high enough to prevent pirates from operating their small skiffs.
The US Navy reported three separate piracy attempts on Sept. 19 and 20, while a Turkish naval ship foiled the hijacking of a Panama-flagged vessel and detained seven suspected pirates on Sept. 26.
There have been 146 attacks on merchant vessels so far this year, 28 of them successful, the Navy said in a statement.



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