Somali pirates have attacked hundreds of vessels in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean region, though most attacks do not result in a successful hijacking damage has been said to excel-late. 2008, there were 111 attacks which included 42 successful hijackings these hijacking has made good entering the country extremely difficult. The  rate of attacks in January and February 2009 was about 10 times higher  during the same period in 2008 and “there have been almost daily attacks in March” which showed the attacks were becoming more common.  On 21 November 2008, BBC News reported that the Indian Navy had received United Nations approval to enter Somali waters to combat piracy. On 8 April 2009, four Somali pirates seized the maersk 240 nautical miles (440 km; 280 mi) southeast of the Somalia port city of Eyl . On 23 April 2009, international donors pledged over $250 million for Somalia, including $134 million to increase the African Union peacekeeping mission from 4,350 troops to 8,000 troops and $34 million for Somali security forces In March 2011, the Indian Navy intercepted a pirate mother vessel 600 nautical miles west of the Indian coast in the Arabian Sea on Monday and rescued 13 hostages, In early May 2011, Russian special forces retook a Russian oil tanker that had been hijacked by 11 pirates . 
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