|Iranian Navy rescues commercial ship from pirate attack||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Navy’s 27th fleet on Monday thwarted an attempt by pirates to hijack an Iranian commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden, according the deputy commander of the Navy.
Iranian naval vessels intercepted five pirate boats that had surrounded and attacked the commercial ship and forced them to flee, Rear Admiral Siavash Jarreh said.
The Iranian Navy’s measures are not meant to kill pirates operating in the region, but they are aimed at ensuring the security of Iranian and foreign commercial ships and oil tankers, adding that Iranian forces will deal more firmly with pirates if necessary.
Pirates operating off the coast of Somalia have expanded the reach of their hijacking attacks on merchant vessels and oil tankers in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden in recent years, making tens of millions of dollars in ransom, despite the fact that dozens of foreign naval vessels are patrolling the area.
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|Last Updated on 28 October 2013 16:30|