Warship patrol success forces pirates eastward

The Seychelles state broadcaster says Somali pirates have hijacked a yacht with two people onboard, according to AP.

The Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation says it received the report on Wednesday from government officials. It says the yacht is registered in the Seychelles but has no further information on the attack.

Somali pirates attack shipping passing their lawless coast almost daily. But their success rate has recently fallen, in part due to an influx of foreign warships into the Gulf of Aden.

Analysts say the naval presence is encouraging the pirates to shift their operations east into the Indian Ocean, toward the Seychelles.

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