Africa Command: Piracy is on the rise off the Horn of Africa

The U.S. military in East Africa is monitoring a sudden return of piracy around the Horn of Africa, likely caused by deteriorating economic conditions and famine throughout the region, U.S. defense officials said Sunday. Piracy was once rampant in the waters off the Horn of Arica, though there have been few reports in the last five years of successful hijackings in the immediate region due to heightened security efforts by the shipping industry. Yet, at least six incidents — including successful hijackings — have occurred since late March, said Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the leader of U.S. Africa Command. He linked the uptick in piracy to the drought-caused famine in the region. “Some of the vessels that have been taken under hijacking have had some food and some oil on them,” Waldhauser said Sunday, during a news conference alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
at the United States’ base in Djibouti. “… We’ve been working to ensure, with Central Command — we both share this transregional issue here — to ensure that the civilian shipping lines have not laxed their security to a point, where some of the reasons why piracy went down to zero here was because of the security measures the shipping industry has taken. We want to make sure the shipping industry does not relax.” Africa Command is not alarmed yet by the uptick in hijackings, the general
said. Source : Stripes




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