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Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa led world in 2019; Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa led world in 2019

Jan 15, 2020 - The Canadian Press

DAKAR, Senegal - Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa jumped by more than 50% last year as the area off oil-rich Nigeria continues to be the world's most dangerous for ship crews, the International Maritime Bureau says in a new report.

The rise in crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea was unprecedented, the bureau said, and it warned that other piracy incidents go unreported.

The region accounted for more than 90% of global crew member kidnappings last year. The number of cr...