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UN: Piracy off Somalia at lowest level in years

October 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. official says the number of piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia is at its lowest in recent years.

Political chief Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the last time a large commercial vessel was hijacked was over two years ago.

But he warned that the trend toward progress is “fragile and reversible” and said Somali pirates are still holding 37 people.

Feltman is calling on more countries to criminalize piracy and fight its financing.

The International Maritime Bureau has said there were only seven attacks and attempted attacks off Somalia last year, down from 49 in 2012 and 160 in 2011, the epidemic’s peak.

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