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Africa not able to solve piracy, now operating in Nigerian waters, specially the Gulf of Guinea.

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Africa widens its piracy problem. Now well-armed pirates are operating -attacks, kidnappings and armed robberies- in West Africa’s oil-rich Gulf of Guinea.

This new development was reported by the London-based International Maritime Bureau , who published figures for the first six months of 2013 showing that the Gulf of Guinea has overtaken Somalia as the world’s new hotspot.

Piracy cost the West Africa´s region $2 billion in 2011 with some shipping companies avoiding ports in the danger zone.

Some international experts proposed the same solution  that is defeating piracy in Somalia, that is a coalition of naval forces to patrol the Gulf of Guinea.

According to the Report the Gulf of Guinea in 2013 suffered 31 actual and attempted attacks by pirates, including four ships hijacked. The country with most report is Nigeria, had 22 reported attacks, up from six in all of 2011.

Somalia, in comparison, had only four attacks, compared to 125 in 2011.

Not all of the attacks concerning hostages are reported, but attacks on oil and gas tankers generally are reported ,because the companies need to make insurance claims.

The  “well-armed, violent and dangerous” pirates are firing on ships with modern weapons, using ladders for boarding, stripping ships of cargoes and other valuables, beating up crew and some kidnappings for ransom.

“Generally, all waters in Nigeria remain risky,” the report said.