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Piracy ‘surge’ off Somali coast

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(Read caption) A Greek Navy commando detained suspected pirates alongside a Greek frigate in the Gulf of Aden in this undated photo released by the navy April 1. Pirates off the coast of Somalia are attacking ships further out at sea in an attempt to evade the international anti-piracy naval force patrolling the Gulf of Aden.

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Pirates off the coast of Somalia have gone on the offensive, seizing five ships in 48 hours despite the presence of an international naval task force patrolling the Gulf of Aden.

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.

The Associated Press reports that one of the latest ships seized by the pirates, the Taiwanese ship hijacked Monday was taken near an island in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

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