According to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center, there has been 352 pirate attacks around the world in the first 9 months of 2011. The number of attacks is a record.
625 people have been taken hostages, with 8 people killed during the attacks and 41 people injured.
Pirate attacks by Somalis accounted for 199 of the total attacks, an increase of 58 percent from the previous year.
Source: Associated Press, “UN council calls for criminalization of piracy,” Google News, October 24, 2011.