Crime waves – the Somali pirates

There is nothing romantic about modern, seafaring piracy. Heavily armed and ruthless, today’s ocean-going bandits terrorise cargo ships, luxury yachts and even passenger liners. Audrey Gillan writes about Somali pirates

All was calm aboard the Kaz II as it idled in neutral, 80 nautical miles off the Queensland coast. In the galley, three places were set neatly for dinner; a laptop computer was sleeping and a newspaper was spread out on the table. Laundry was pegged out on deck and a fishing line hung limply from the catamaran’s stern. There was no sign of a hurried exit but there was no trace of the skipper or two-man
crew from Perth, Western Australia, either.

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