Meanwhile ship hijackings are at their lowest since The increasing threat of piracy adds to hardships already faced by hundreds of thousands of seafarers working beyond their contractual periods due to COVID restrictions on crew rotations and international travel. So far this year, 49 crew have been kidnapped for ransom in the Gulf of Guinea and held captive on land for up to six weeks. Rates are accelerating, with 32 crew kidnapped in the past three months alone. And they are happening further out to sea: two-thirds of the vessels were attacked on the high seas from around 20 to nautical miles off the Gulf of Guinea coastline.
It can then liaise with coastal agencies, international navies and vessel operators, encouraging a quick response to deter piracy and armed robbery and improve the security of seafarers.
In one recent case commended by IMB, the Nigerian Navy responded promptly to a distress call from a fishing vessel boarded and hijacked by armed assailants in Ivory Coast waters. As a result the crew were saved and the ship was prevented from being used as a possible mother vessel to carry out further attacks.
In another incident, a product tanker was attacked while underway around nautical miles off Bayelsa, Nigeria. A nearby sister vessel helped the four remaining crewmembers to sail the tanker to a safe port. The kidnapped crew were released three weeks later. The law made Nigeria the first in West and Central Africa to have a standalone antipiracy legislation.
This effort is starting to bear fruit, with the Nigerian Navy and law enforcement arresting a total of 27 suspected pirates in May and June. NIMASA has also improved its collaboration with the Nigerian Navy and other stakeholders in an effort to change the narrative of piracy and sea robbery in its maritime domain and the Gulf of Guinea.
Elsewhere, the Singapore Straits saw 11 incidents in the first half ofraising the risk of collisions in this busy shipping channel, especially at night. Although most are opportunistic, low-level attacks that are aborted once the alarm is sounded, two reports in May indicated crew were threatened with knives, taken hostage and injured.
There were ten attacks in Indonesian anchorages and waterways in Q2up from five in Q1 IMB is recording more incidents in Latin America, some in areas not previously known to have a piracy problem, but says many further attacks go unreported, making the problem more difficult to tackle.
The four attacks that were reported in Mexico all targeted offshore vessels, and all happened within a span of 11 days in April. One anchored accommodation barge was boarded by six people wearing face masks and armed with automatic weapons and pistols. They attempted to enter, and opened fire, injuring a crewmember and damaging three windows.By The Conversation. By Gemini News. By The Maritime Executive. By The Maritime Executive Violent attacks against ships and their crews rose by 20 percent in the first half of according to a mid-year update from the ICC International Maritime Bureau.
While the report reviews incidents in the Singapore Straits, Indonesia, Latin and South America, the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is cited as being the most dangerous for commercial shipping with an increasing number and more brazen attacks further out to sea. A total of 77 seafarers have been taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 90 percent of the maritime kidnappings worldwide.
Detailing the different types of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the first half ofthe report says vessels were boarded a total of 81 times. Also, there were 10 attempted attacks and six instances during which a vessel was fired upon. The one positive note the report cites is only a single hijacking, putting these attacks at their lowest level since The attackers were indiscriminate in the types of vessels they are attacking.
The report cited 36 attacks against tankers while 21 were against bulk carriers and 17 incidents against container ships. The remaining 24 attacks were on a variety of different types of ships.
In most cases, the vessels were at anchor when attacked, but vessels underway are also being attacked in many parts of the world. However, it is less common for a vessel to be attacked while berthed. In addition to being kidnapped, the crew was taken hostage in 23 instances while in other cases they were threatened, assaulted, or injured.
The IMB says that these attacks are further adding to hardships faced by seafarers many of whom have been working beyond their contract periods unable to return home due to the travel restrictions resulting from the global public health emergency.
Geographically, the IMB reports that 49 crew members have been kidnapped for ransom in the Gulf of Guinea, being held for up to six weeks. Further, the number of kidnappings is increasing in the region with 32 crew kidnapped in the past three months. The assaults are also happening further out to sea. Two-thirds of the attacks were between 20 and nautical miles from the coastline in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Singapore Straits also saw 11 incidents in the first half of However, most of the assaults in this region are cited as opportunistic, low-level attacks that are aborted once an alarm is sounded. Attacks in Indonesian anchorages and waterways however have also doubled in They have increased from 5 last year to 10 so far this year. In South America, the IMB cites attacks in the Callao, Peru anchorage, while vessels off Ecuador have also recorded incidents each year since with at least three container ships attacked while underway this year.
The IMB is also recording more incidents in new areas of Latin America but says many attacks go unreported.A score or so migrants crouch in the dark corridor of the safe house where they have been waiting for a month. Today, their turn has come to go back on the road again — not across the US border, however, but deeper into Mexicoto save their skins.
Outside, a minivan pulls up, driven by Baptist pastor Lorenzo Ortiz to take the migrants to relative safety, and away from kidnap, extortion and violation. MPP was rolled out in January last year, since when an estimated 57, people now wait south of the border for their asylum hearing date.
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Tens of thousands more are waiting just for the initial application for asylum. There can be no tarrying, explains another local pastor, Diego Robles, from the First Baptist church. Robles knows the risk he runs. The safe house — its gate kept closed with padlock and chain — is crammed with some people, mostly indoors, some in a back yard enclosed by breeze blocks. Moy Eduardo fled his home in El Salvador after members of the MS gang abducted and killed his brother after the family failed to pay sufficient extortion money.
He eventually arrived at Nuevo Laredo bus station, only to be forced into a car and taken to a farm some distance from town. Four days later, his desperate relative wired money, and Moy Eduardo was released. Moy Eduardo has a court date in April, but is desperate to leave Nuevo Laredo.
It is worse in Tamaulipas than other border states, and worse in Nuevo Laredo than anywhere else in Tamaulipas. Nuevo Laredo was for years controlled by the hyper-violent Zetas group, and is now territory of its offshoot, the North-east cartel. And each group sees migrants and asylum seekers as a source of easy money. Inside the safe house, Yaqueline and her daughter Lisbeth, described how she was given a code by their coyote after fleeing gang violence in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
But when three thugs approached them outside the government migrant registration offices, they were told the word meant they were property of the enemy; mother and child were bundled into an SUV. Relatives north of the border were again contacted. Asked if she had been maltreated, Yaqueline lowers her eyes, gestures towards the child, and crossed herself.
Those summoned to court begin gathering on the Mexican side of the bridge before 4am. A group from Cuba and Venezuela assembles first, manifestly nervous. There are 67 on the docket to appear at the tent court, but by 6am, only 29 are shuffled through into the canvas corridor, to plead their case, and await judgment on a screen from miles away.
The rest are presumed to have given up and returned home. Reporters have never been admitted into the Laredo tent court. Local and national governments play down the abduction emergency. These are just rumours.Reuters - A year-old Wisconsin girl who escaped her captor this week nearly three months after her parents were killed and she was kidnapped has drawn international headlines, but abductions of children by strangers remain rare, according to U.
On average, fewer than people under the age of 21 have been abducted by strangers in the United States per year sincethe FBI says. From throughthe most recent data available, the number has ranged from a low of in to a high of in with no clear directional trend.8-year-old Texas girl, whose kidnapping was caught on video, found
That makes cases like that of Jayme Closs, who was discovered by a woman walking her dog after she escaped captivity on Thursday, highly uncommon. A year-old man was arrested later on Thursday and charged with kidnapping Closs and shooting her parents.
Hundreds of thousands of juveniles are reported missing to the Federal Bureau of Investigation each year. The circumstances of the disappearance is only recorded about half the time, but in cases where they are, only 0. The vast majority, typically more than 95 percent, ran away. In cases where children are abducted, it is far more common for a non-custodial parent to be the kidnapper: This was reported 2, times inthe FBI data showed. Justice Department study in reported that Strangers are most likely to attempt to abduct a child as they head to or from school, the center said.
Discover Thomson Reuters. Directory of sites. United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI missing person poster shows Jayme Closs, a year-old Wisconsin girl, missing since her parents were discovered fatally shot three months ago, has been located in Gordon, Wisconsin, U.The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90 per cent of maritime kidnappings worldwide.
Meanwhile, ship hijackings are at their lowest sincethe report said. Initial reports indicated that explosives were used during the attack. Earlier on the same day, heavily armed men attacked a cargos ship off Benin, kidnapping five crew members. The increasing threat of piracy adds to hardships already faced by hundreds of thousands of seafarers working beyond their contractual periods due to COVID restrictions on crew rotations and international travel.
So far this year, 49 crew have been kidnapped for ransom in the Gulf of Guinea and held captive on land for up to six weeks. Rates are accelerating, with 32 crew kidnapped in the past three months alone. And they are happening further out to sea: two-thirds of the vessels were attacked on the high seas from around 20 to nautical miles off the Gulf of Guinea coastline.
It can then liaise with coastal agencies, international navies and vessel operators, encouraging a quick response to deter piracy and armed robbery and improve the security of seafarers. In one recent case commended by IMB, the Nigerian Navy responded quickly to a distress call from a fishing vessel boarded and hijacked by armed assailants in Ivory Coast waters.
As a result, the crew was saved and the ship was prevented from being used as a possible mother vessel to carry out further attacks. In another incident, a product tanker was attacked while underway around nm off Bayelsa, Nigeria. A nearby sister vessel helped the four remaining crew members to sail the tanker to a safe port. The kidnapped crew was released three weeks later. Share this: Share Email. Add Comment Cancel reply Post Comment. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.AP — The wife of a convicted sex offender accused of killing two teenagers and kidnapping a third has been arrested in the case.
AP — Workers at a Dollar General store recognized a convicted sex offender accused of killing two teenagers and kidnapping a third — and locked him in after quietly escorting AP — Felony charges of kidnapping and burglary have been dismissed for a Bismarck man who agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges of threatening and assaulting his ex-girlfriend AP — A Tennessee man who was on parole for a murder conviction when he raped a woman in Memphis has been sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said.
AP — A Mississippi man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and holding her and two of her children captive has been taken into custody, authorities said.
AP — A Bismarck man accused of driving over his girlfriend, forcing her into his car and threatening to kill her has been sentenced to probation.
AP — A Missouri man suspected in a kidnapping in Tennessee was found during a traffic stop in Mississippi over the weekend, authorities said.
AP — Four people have been charged with the kidnapping and shooting death of an year-old man in the Sandias Mountains.
AP — An Arkansas man suspected of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife earlier this week has been found dead in Texas, authorities said Thursday. DAYTON, Ohio AP — A father accused of abusing his year-old son, who died last year, is now facing murder charges in a new indictment that also brings more counts against his AP — Authorities quickly captured a man who scaled one of the inner fences at a Louisiana prison and got caught in the razor wire.
AP — A man has been charged with felony murder in the shooting death of another man who may have been kidnapped in southern New Jersey last weekend, authorities said. AP — Two people from Aberdeen have sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to felony kidnapping in what authorities say was an attempt to rob a man.
DHAKA, Bangladesh AP — Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps AP — A year-old Albuquerque woman has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for her role in the kidnapping and assault of two men, one of whom died and was mutilated AP — A Kentucky Islamic leader was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to kidnap a man who owed him money.
AP — A manhunt has been launched for an Oregon inmate who walked away from a highway work crew, the state Department of Corrections said. AP — A New Hampshire man has been accused of kidnapping a Manchester man at knife point and leaving him naked and tied to a tree. AP — An investigation is underway after police shot and killed a carjacking suspect they say pointed a handgun at them in suburban Denver.
AP — A Spokane man was arrested at an Oregon truck stop after reportedly holding a woman against her will and assaulting her while traveling from California, deputies AP — A suspect in the death of a woman in her Tucson apartment last month has been arrested in California, police said Thursday.
AP — A Nebraska judge on Thursday sentenced a registered sex offender to at least years in prison for several counts in what prosecutors said was a scheme to abduct and sexually AP — A Florida man faces murder and kidnapping charges in the deaths of a missing Black Lives Matter protester and another woman, authorities said Tuesday.
AP — A University of Connecticut student, who is accused of killing two men and committing numerous other crimes while leading authorities on a six-day search, was arraigned Friday AP — A judge has denied bond for a man accused of killing a South Carolina woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride.
AP — A 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who authorities say was locked in a closet and deprived of food weighed just 18 pounds when he died — well below average for his age, according AP — A man suspected of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint shot her in the face in front of police before officers shot and killed him, police said.BizPack Review, by Frieda Powers. Original Article. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sparked heated backlash for seeming to compare the use of federal forces against protesters in Portland with stormtroopers.
Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Pelosi was also said to have whispered under her breath: 'Socialism Uber Alles'. Post New Article. Post Reply Enter Reply. How about we send Seal Team Six to Nancy's house. See how her private security guards hold up. Click Here if you Like this Comment. Did Pres. Trump really intervene in this silliness?
More please!! Especially in Chicago. I'm pretty sure the feds weren't just out randomly gathering up people. They are going after the underlings and working their way to the top. Going to be interesting to see who is pulling the strings on this stuff? This is exactly why Trump let the cities destroy themselves. He refused to take the bait and they blew themselves up.
It's outrageous that criminals are being put into white vans! They should be given their choice of colors before being arrested.