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Somalia Piracy Falls to Six-Year Low as Guards Defend Ships

Somalia piracy attacks against merchant shipping fell to the lowest in six years in the third quarter as armed guards on vessels and naval patrols cut attempted hijacks on the trade route linking Asia and Europe.

One ship was attacked compared with 36 in the same quarter a year ago, the London-based International Maritime Bureau, which has been tracking incidents since 1991, said in an e-mailed report today. That’s the fewest since the same period in 2006, when no attacks were reported, Assistant Director Cyrus Mody said by e-mail.