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Sea-Based Piracy on the Rise in Asia

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Sea-Based Piracy on the Rise in Asia

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Sea-Based Piracy on the Rise in Asia

Sea-Based Piracy on the Rise in Asia

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Last year, some 445 pirate attacks on the high seas were reported, an increase of nearly 25 percent over 2002. Many of the incidents occurred in the Molucca Straits in Southeast Asia. In the more sophisticated attacks, pirates who commandeered ships — often after stalking them for hours — altered names and documents for both ship and cargo. NPR's Michael Sullivan reports.