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Pirates Took a Thousand Hostages in 2010

Here are the latest worldwide maritime piracy incident statistics for 2011, as of Dec. 29, 2010, from the non-governmental and non-profit International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commercial Crime Services:

Total Attacks Worldwide: 440

Total Hijackings Worldwide: 51

Incidents Reported for Somalia:

Total Incidents: 218

Total Hijackings: 47

Total Hostages : 1001

Current vessels held by Somali pirates:

Vessels: 26

Hostages: 617

ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) is the anti-crime arm of the International Chamber of Commerce. Based in London, CCS is a membership organization tasked with combating all forms of commercial crime. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is located in Singapore.


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