Pirates wielding rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s have prompted Japan to ease a samurai-era ban on civilians carrying guns, allowing guards on locally registered oil tankers to be armed for the first time.
Somalia’s federal government, seeking to reassert control over the war-ravaged country, said oil exploration licenses issued by regional governments in the Somaliland and Puntland regions of country are invalid.
The deadly assault this week in Nairobi by a militant group from Somalia serves as a reminder of the threats emanating from the war-torn East African country that remains a hotbed for pirate attacks on key shipping routes.
Hanjin Shipping Co. , South Korea’s largest shipping company, said one of its container vessels was attacked by pirates near the Gulf of Aden, prompting the Asian country’s military to send a warship to the area.
Missile-armed drone aircraft launched the fifth attack on suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen in 72 hours yesterday, as the U.S. stepped up raids after closing its embassy and warning Americans to leave the country.