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Somali pirates made off with more than $60m ransom money last year

Nairobi: Somali pirates managed to scoop more than $60 million in ransom payments from shipowners in 2009, according to a report from a regional anti-piracy watchdog. Last year 47 vessels and nearly 300 crewmembers were seized by pirates, the Seafarers' Assistance Programme report said.
In the first month of this year a further 12 ships have been hijacked.  [02/02/10]

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