Friday, 13 June 2014 - 14:09
Southeast Asia hub of global pirate attacks says UN
The UN said Southeast Asia has become the world's hotspot for pirate attacks after an international clampdown slashed the number of hijackings off the coast of war-torn Somalia.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research said in a report, last year, 28 boats were attacked in the western Indian Ocean but none taken captive in the region.
That compares to January 2011, when Somali pirates held 736 hostages and 32 boats, some onshore and others on their vessels.
Pirate attacks in the Horn of Africa spiralled from the early 2000s, with pirates hijacking cargo ships and taking crew prisoners for months and even years.