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A Comorian ship taken by pirates far south…

A ship flying the flag of the Comoros archipelago, the MV Aly Zoulfecar, was pirated on the morning of November 3 while en route between the Comoros and Dar Es Salam (Tanzania), the anti-piracy HQ of the EU (Eunavfor Atalanta). The captain of this 43-meter ship confirmed the presence of pirates on board. The Mv Aly Zoulfécar, 43 meters long, has 29 people on board – it is specified at European level –: 9 crew members (1 Tanzanian, 4 Comorians and 4 Malagasy) and 20 passengers (12 Tanzanians and 8 Comorians).

The ship, which belongs to the Oceaniss company and shuttles between the Comoros and the continent (Tanzania and Kenya), was located at 05°15 South and 43°39 East at the time of the capture. This is, in my opinion, the most southerly capture ever made by pirates. Which confirms, after the extension of piracy to the East, that no area of ​​the Indian Ocean is now safe within a radius of… 1300 nautical miles from the Somali coast!

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).