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Piracy on the rise in Aden gulf

August 22, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Armed pirates hijacked three ships off the coast of Somalia in one day, said Noel Choong, head of the piracy center of the International Maritime Bureau.

The attacks on two cargo ships and a tanker came two days after the seizure of a Malaysian palm oil tanker with 39 crew members in the same area and raised to seven the number of ships hijacked in the Gulf of Aden since July 20.

Choong urged the United Nations to act.

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