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Piracy News & Commentary

Banditry, Not Piracy

A few observers are already comparing news that Somali pirates in Eyl have captured and are holding for ransom three UN food aid trucks and their drivers to attacks on shore targets by pirates of the past. However, unless the Somali pirates are attacking from the sea, their theft and hostage taking ashore is mere banditry. Such bandrity, however, might be the result of successful ship defenses and anti-piracy operations at sea. Details are available in this BBC article.

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