Somalia's pirate brigades have over the last few years spread out from their original hunting grounds in the Gulf of Aden to cover vast areas of open ocean in search of merchant ships to board, seize and hold for ransom.
Some high-drama incidents have occured since piracy off the coast of Somalia captured the attention of the shipping industry -- and the Western media. Here is an interactive map of11 of the most notorious.
>>The Pirates' Toll: Part 3
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