Piracy ‘surge’ off Somali coast(Read article summary)
Pirates seized five ships in a 48-hour period ending Monday.
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The New York Times reports that the pirates are changing tactics by going after ships further out at sea. The five ships seized, according to Kenyan maritime groups, include a German freighter, a Taiwanese fishing trawler, a Yemeni tugboat, a French yacht, and a British cargo ship.
The Times reports that the pirates netted more than $100 million last year in ransom paid for the return of hijacked ships.