More people were taken hostage at sea in 2010 than in any year on record, a new report from the International Maritime Bureau says.

In 2010 pirates hijacked a total of 53 ships, capturing 1,181 seafarers, eight of whom were killed. This marks the forth year in a row that the number of pirate attacks against ships has risen, notes the IMB, which has monitored piracy worldwide since 1991.

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