Saudi-led coalition forces advance on Al-Hudaydah in Yemen

SAUDI-LED COALITION FORCES ADVANCE ON AL-HUDAYDAH IN YEMEN NYA Insights Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen On 13 June forces of the Saudi-backed coalition advanced on the strategic port city of Al-Hudaydah in an attempt to wrest it from control of the opposing Houthi rebels. The offensive comes after Houthi forces ... Read More

Terror attacks demonstrate that militants remain a credible threat in Indonesia

Between 8 and 16 May 2018, Indonesia consistently made international headlines due to a dramatic increase in the number of terror attacks throughout the country. What started with a prison riot by convicted jihadists grew into a nine-day long series of incidents including knife stabbings, attacks with swords, vehicle-borne improvised ... Read More

The shifting maritime threat off East Africa: Yemen

NEW PIRACY TRENDS IN 2018 On 23 May US-based NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy released their annual report on the state of global maritime piracy in 2017. The report detailed a significant increase in piracy incidents from 2016 to 2017 in the East African High Risk Area (HRA) — findings corroborated ... Read More

Is Mexico at its most violent?

The first quarter of 2018 was reportedly the most violent in Mexican history, based on the number of intentional homicides. The following is taken from our full report on Latin America produced by NYA24. To download the full report, LATIN AMERICA REPORT by NYA24 MEXICO CIVIL UNREST Incidents of civil ... Read More

Will Cyber Ransoms Increase after GDPR?

SHIFT IN TACTICS AMONG CYBER CRIMINALS While General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings with it opportunities for companies to further secure data, it may also lead to a shift in tactics among cyber criminals. After 25 May, perpetrators with access to personal data shall effectively have a price point for ... Read More

Maritime kidnappings in West Africa increase significantly in 2018

NYA OBSERVES A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF MARITIME KIDNAPPINGS IN WEST AFRICA IN 2018 The first four months of 2018 (January-April) saw a substantial increase in the number of people kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and the Niger Delta compared to the same period ... Read More

Aid Worker Kidnapping in Somalia is a reminder of an enduring threat

Unidentified gunmen broke into the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu on 3 May 2018, and kidnapped Sonja Nientiet, a German nurse working for the organisation. According to data from NYA’s Kidnap for Ransom database, the abduction is the first reported kidnapping ... Read More

Pirates attack vessel in the Malacca Strait for first time since 2015

On 24 April 2018 NYA MarTrack™ recorded an attack in the Malacca Strait for the first time since December 2015. Pirates armed with machetes and firearms attempted to rob and kidnap the crew of a Malaysian-flagged B fishing vessel near Batu Bahat, Johor, Malaysia. The perpetrators used a wooden boat ... Read More