Countries struggling to cope with pirate attacks around Gulf of Guinea

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    Countries around the Gulf of Guinea are stepping up security to fight off a sharp rise in attacks by pirates.

    The maritime area stretches from Senegal to Angola.

    It’s now the most dangerous in the world – seeing nearly half of all the attacks this year.

    Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Lagos in Nigeria, one of the worst-affected countries.

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