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Alleged pirates attack ship off the Somali coast

Alleged pirates attack ship off the Somali coast

London, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) A merchant ship was attacked today by alleged pirates off the coast of Somalia, without casualties, reported the UK's Commercial Maritime Operations department (Ukmto). On its website, the agency said it received details of the raid, which occurred approximately 185 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, without disclosing the name or other details of the vessel.
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The Japanese oil tanker Mercer Street was attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean on July 29, confirmed shipping operator Zodiac Maritime, and two crew members were killed in the incident.

For a long time and for various reasons, including the impoverishment of the sea floor due to the over exploitation of its resources with technologies superior to traditional (artisanal) methods of capture and the consequent decline of species, as well as the misery caused to fishermen, piracy flourished on the Somali coast.

The situation changed with the extension of offensives by naval forces, mostly European, operating on the Red Sea coasts, through which a high percentage of the goods destined for Western countries, such as oil, transit.


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