Some pirates are former fishermen, whose livelihoods were hurt by foreign ships illegally fishing in Somali waters. After seeing the profitability of piracy, since ransoms are usually paid, warlords began to facilitate pirate activities, splitting the profits with the pirates. In most of the hijackings, the bandits have not harmed their prisoners.
Region: Somali Coast
Weapons: RPG-7, semi-automatic pistols, hand grenades
Key Battles: Four Somali pirates seized the Maersk Alabama. The ship was carrying 17,000 metric tons of cargo.