Abshir Boyah

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Abshir Boyah is a Somali pirate. He is one of the best known pirates to emerge from Somalia during the increase of Somali-based pirate activity in the early 21st century.[1] He is based in Puntland and is considered a celebrity there.[2]

Boyah began his career in the early 1990s as a lobster fisherman. Due to aggressive and often violent behavior by foreign fishing operations off the Somali coast, Boyah began capturing foreign fishing vessels.[3]


  1. Gettleman, Jeffrey (May 8, 2009). " "For Somali Pirates, Worst Enemy May Be on Shore". The New York Times. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  2. Gettleman, Jeffrey (October 14, 2010). "The Pirates Are Winning!". The New York Review of Books. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  3. Mullins, Lisa (July 26, 2011). "Learning More About Somali Pirates (audio)". The World (radio program). Retrieved July 26, 2011.