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. Boyah claims that 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.