MAST’s weekly security report issue 331 is available to read now.
In Maritime news, the authorities in Denmark have charged a suspect in connection with last year’s suspected pirate attack off the coast of Nigeria, during which Danish naval forces engaged a number of suspects in a gun fight at sea. The Nigerian Navy has continued its efforts to reduce illegal oil refineries in the Delta, and the country will hold the SHADE meeting this week.
In the Indian Ocean, EU NAVFOR has again conducted highly successful anti-narcotic missions, seizing nearly six tons of hashish at sea. The Royal Navy has taken part in Combined Maritime Forces exercises and the Saudi and Indian Navy have held drills.
In European waters, Ukrainian combat drones continue to disrupt Russian Navy efforts on Snake Island. More migrants have crossed the English Channel in small boats in the past week, and rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 24 people who lost their lives off Tunisia.
In Land news, in Somalia, Al Shabaab has continued its attacks in an attempt to disrupt the election process in the country. The presidential election is set for May 15th. In Yemen, Saudi coalition forces have released over 160 prisoners.
In UK news, there have been several terror-related court cases this week, and long delays at UK airports due to staffing and security vetting issues.
On the global stage, we round up the latest news from Ukraine, where Russia continues its push in the east of the country. In the Philippines, the Marcos dynasty could be set to return to power, while Sri Lanka continues to see significant public disorder.
For further details on the above and for more security news from the UK and around the world please read the full report HERE.