Worldwide Pirate Attacks in First Three Quarters of 2011

According to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center, there has been 352 pirate attacks around the world in the first 9 months of 2011. The number of attacks is a record.

625 people have been taken hostages, with 8 people killed during the attacks and 41 people injured.

Pirate attacks by Somalis accounted for 199 of the total attacks, an increase of 58 percent from the previous year.

(More kidnap and ransom statistics.)

Source: Associated Press, “UN council calls for criminalization of piracy,” Google News, October 24, 2011.