THE Philippine Coast Guard foiled an attack on a cargo vessel by suspected pirates early Tuesday, April 18, off Zamboanga del Norte, an official announced.
Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa was once estimated by the World Bank to cost global trade billions of dollars, and to harm the fragile economies of countries in the region.
A Panamanian oil tanker was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, off Balhaf, Yemen, on Saturday, April 15th, but was rescued by Chinese Naval Forces.
The international community and shipping firms should intensify patrols along the Somalia coastline to eliminate piracy that is slowly crawling back after a five year lull, a senior UN official has said.
REF WARNING 003 APR 17/WARNING 003 APR UPDATE 1 MV was attacked in psn 12-43.5N 048-02E by a Skiff with 7 POB. Shots were fired at MV.