Somali Pirates get a little help from their friends

Al Jazeera reports that security consultants, specifically British company Hart, trained Somali men to combat illegal fishing boats. Now many of those same Somalis are working as pirates in the notoriously dangerous Gulf of Aden. Hart insists that it is not a part of the ransom portion of the Somalis business, but according to report from UK’s Guardian, someone in the West must be, specifically in London. These London based consultants provide information about which ships to hit, when, and even a ship’s layout. This allows pirates to prepare for a hit days in advance. They also can target ships based on cargo and national flag, analysts noting that British vessels have been avoided. Once a ship is taken security consultants swoop in again to deal with kidnapping, ransom, and all of the legal implications surrounding a modern day “walking the plank.”

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