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David Cameron on need to protect UK ships from Somali pirates

David Cameron has announced that ships sailing under a British flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates.

In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, the prime minster said he wanted to do more to tackle the threat to ships off the coast of Somalia, where 49 vessels were hijacked last year.

It is currently illegal for security guards to carry arms onboard British flag ships, but Mr Cameron said he intended to change the law.

  • 30 Oct 2011
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