The commander of NATO's counter-piracy flotilla says Somali pirates may be shifting some operations to the southern Red Sea where international forces lack clear authority to stop them.
Commodore Michiel Hijmans said today there has been at least one attack in the region recently and he is "very concerned" there might be more.
Hijmans spoke Wednesday aboard the Dutch frigate De Zeven Provincien after it anchored for a port visit in Dubai. The Royal Netherlands Navy vessel is the flagship for the NATO counter-piracy force operating off the Somali coast in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
It works alongside separate U.S-led and European flotillas, as well as patrols from India, China and Russia.