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Once a Hostage, Sri Lankan Sailor Now Helps Battle Somali Pirates

In a classroom overlooking the harbor in the Somali city of Bossaso, Sarath Surasena teaches the basics of boat mechanics.   The students are recruits for a new coast guard being established in Somalia's Galmudug state, once the epicenter of piracy that paralyzed Indian Ocean shipping lanes a decade ago, and a place Surasena knows all too well.   In 2010, while sailing from South Africa to India with a load of coal, Somali pirates attacked the ship he was working on, the...

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