Somali pirates are relocating base from the Gulf of Aden near the coast of Somalia closer to India, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said Sunday at a seminar dedicated to security in the Indian Ocean.
“Piracy is a big threat in this region. Navy of several states are engaging them. But off late Somali pirates are shifting their base towards India,” Parrikar said as quoted by the Hindustan Times.
Last January, pirates managed to seize a merchant ship in the Red Sea and take it to Somali waters, their first plunder since 2012.