Somali pirates get targets from London informers
Somali pirates are receiving reports on possible targets from informers in London, a Spanish radio station said Monday quoting a military report from a European country. The pirates, using satellite phones on their boats, receive details from their sources in the British capital on the routes, cargos and nationalities of vessels to attack, private radio station Cadena Ser said. "The information that merchant ships transiting the zone provide voluntarily to different international organisations ends up in the hands of the pirates," it said. The report had been handed over to the military commanders of other European countries taking part in the European anti-piracy operation Atalanta.

Cadena Ser said several attacks were carried out by Somali pirates using the method cited in the report, in particular the seizing of a Spanish fishing boat on March 13, of a Greek cargo ship, the Titan, and a Turkish merchant vessel, the Karagol. The radio said the pirates avoid attacking ships of certain nationalities, in particular British vessels.

According to the International Maritime Bureau, pirate attacks off lawless Somalia increased tenfold in the first three months of this year.
Posted by: trailing wife 2009-05-11