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Somali pirates hold two Kenyans hostage

12 July 2014, 09:30

Mombasa - Somali pirates are holding unknown number of hostages, two Kenyans among them, after they attacked a ship that was transporting timber to Mombasa on Friday.

The incident was confirmed by the Seafarers Union of Kenya Secretary General, Andrew Mwangura who said MV Jamila developed a mechanical problem and was attacked by pirates while being repaired at sea, The Standard reports.

Piracy in Somalia has been declining thanks largely to a heavy but costly international military presence in the Indian Ocean.

More than 100 hijackings have taken place since 2005, according to the World Bank, which says naval law enforcement interventions may not be sustainable in the long run.

 - For more visit The Standard

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