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EU to keep patrolling for Somali pirates until end of 2018

EU to keep patrolling for Somali pirates until end of 2018The mission, which was due to wrap up at the end of 2016, has been extended for two more years, Reuters.

The European Union's naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against any resurgence of attacks, the bloc said on Monday.

The number of raids and kidnappings has fallen - though maritime officials have warned that the risk is still, underlined by two attempted attacks last month.

EU said it would extend the EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta until the end of 2018, allowing it to keep guarding UN aid deliveries.

The mission normally engages 1,200 personnel, four to six warships and two or three patrolling aircraft provided by EU member states.
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