Kenya to step up patrols along its coastline

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's military chief says Kenya will increase patrols along its coastline because piracy off the coast of neighboring Somalia has made business at Kenya's main port more expensive.

Gen. Jeremiah Kianga says the air force and navy will patrol only Kenyan territory and not enter Somali territory.

The Kenya Ports Authority's Harbor Master Capt. Twalib Khamis says piracy has led to an increase in insurance premiums and made it more expensive for ships to dock at the port of Mombasa. The port serves as a hub for the region.

Somali pirates have seized 40 vessels off Somalia's 1,880-mile coastline this year, and 14 remain held along with more than 250 crew members, according to maritime officials. There have been no pirate attacks off Kenya's coast so far.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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