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Unformatted text preview: updated on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 12:56PM EDT Attacks by pirates around the world have already surpassed figures for all of last year, a global report said Wednesday. They're becoming more frequent, and more violent, the London-based International Maritime Bureau said. In the first nine months of this year, it recorded 306 incidents compared with 293 attacks in all of 2008. The attacks are wreaking havoc with global trade routes and causing insurance premiums for big ships to rise. Somali pirates have extended their reach this year, the report said, from the Gulf of Aden and East Coast of Somalia into the southern region of the Red Sea, the Bab el Mandab Straits and the East Coast of Oman. The increase in Somali pirate activity is “unprecedented,” the bureau said, adding the region is “the number one piracy hotspot.” The number of incidents where guns were used has more than tripled from the same period last year. The increased violence comes at a critical point for global trade, which plunged earlier this year and is starting to recover amid increased demand from China. In the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's busiest trade routes, the number of attacks doubled to 100 incidents this year compared to 2008. The gulf, which...
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