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Piracy hasn't gone away

Although the problem is comparatively under control in Asian waters, there is no room for complacency

IMB says that the hijacking of the Liberian-flag product tanker in January off Luanda in Angolan waters by Nigerian pirates has sparked fears these gangs are venturing further South - PHOTO: AFP

AFTER over a year without a successful hijack by Somalia-based pirates, it is tempting to forget about the issue. That would be very wrong for two reasons. One is that some 50 seafarers are still being held ashore in Somalia. Freeing them ought to be top priority for governments, but it is not.

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