Foreigners and Abu Leaders gunned down in Lanao encounter

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A clash between government forces and members of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in Lanao del Sur resulted in the death of at least 37 militants, including two Abu Sayyaf leaders and four foreigners.

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, three Indonesians and a Malaysian were believed to have been members of the Jemaah Islamiyah. The identities of the foreigners are yet to be identified and confirmed.

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Source: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/

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Nigeria Seizes Foreign Vessel for Alleged Theft of Shell Crude

by Tony Tamuno

Nigeria detained a vessel with crew members from countries including Pakistan, Indonesia and Ukraine for alleged theft of crude from a facility owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the navy said.

The tanker, MT TECNE, was apprehended before dawn on April 25 while loading crude from the Afremo platform operated by Shell’s Nigerian unit, Ibrahim Dewu, a navy spokesman, said Wednesday by phone from the southern city of Warri. “They had siphoned about 2,000 metric tons of crude oil from the loading jacket before their arrest,” he said.

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Hishammuddin: Malaysia to sign tripartite sea patrol next month

BY JULIA CHAN

The much anticipated signing for a joint patrol of the Sulu and Sulawesi seas involving Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines has been rescheduled to May, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.

He said the treaty signing will be held in Bongao, the southern Philippines but the exact date has yet to be fixed.

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Source: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/

Coalition drops leaflets on Hodeida promising liberation

Yemen government appeals to residents to join forces ahead of looming offensive

Saeed Al Batati

Al Mukalla: The Saudi-led coalition and the internationally-recognised government of Yemen have collectively appealed to residents of the western Hodeida city to support government forces as the countdown has begun for a long-awaited offensive to push Al Houthi militia from the important Red Sea city.

Residents said on Wednesday fighter jets from the coalition dropped thousands of leaflets alerting them about the impending offensive and urging them to join government forces when they arrive in the city.

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Somalia coastline still vulnerable to piracy despite a five year lull

The expansive Somali coastline that is a critical shipping route remains prone to pirate attacks despite a five year lull occasioned by enhanced patrols by international naval forces, an expert has said.

John Steed, the Regional Manager of Horn of Africa at Oceans Beyond Piracy told Xinhua in a recent interview that commercial vessels transiting through Somali waters could be targeted by pirates unless vigilance is enhanced.

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Source: http://www.coastweek.com/

Piracy was never eradicated from Somali waters: Experts

Causes of piracy such as drought, lack of jobs for young people, illegal fishing, remain unaddressed

By Hassan Isilow and Felix Nkambeh Tih

JOHANNESBURG

Experts have told Anadolu Agency that while recent media reports talk about a resurgence of piracy off the coast of Somalia, it had never truly disappeared.

“I would argue that piracy never went away. Despite the clear reduction, many incidents of attempted hijackings have gone unreported,” Ahmed Soliman a researcher on the Horn of Africa at the U.K.-based Chatham House tells Anadolu Agency.

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U.S Court Sentences Life to Somali Pirate for Attacking Navy Ship

A 31-year-old Somali man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for engaging in piracy and other offenses in connection with an attack on a U.S. Navy ship seven years ago, the U.S. Justice Department said as Reuters reported.

Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the attack, the Justice Department said in a statement.

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Source: http://somaliupdate.com/