USN releases pirates to Bosasso

Puntland, a semi-autonomous region home to a third of the Somali population. A lively port city, Bosasso is the new Algiers. Puntland caters to its pirate population, even opening restaurants to feed the pirates’ hostages and crews. The pirates are thought to bring in close to 30 million dollars a year, and they often devote it to lavish lifestyles. Recreational drug use among the pirates is common, “They wed the most beautiful girls, they are building big houses, they have new cars and new guns.”

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