Indian Navy rescues 23 Pakistanis from hijacked Iranian ship

According to the Indian Navy, they have countered 18 such incidents, deployed 21 ships and 5,000 naval personnel in rotation and investigated more than 1,000 ships.

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Indian Navy rescues 23 Pakistanis from hijacked Iranian ship

NEW DELHI, March 30: The Indian Navy said it had safely rescued an Iranian fishing vessel and its crew from nine armed pirates in the Arabian Sea.

The Al Kambar 786 was reportedly seized by pirates off the southwestern Yemeni island of Socotra on March 28, according to the Navy.

The vessel was intercepted by INS Somedha and INS Trishul and after 12 hours of tactical maneuvering, the pirates were forced to surrender, the Navy said.

The Navy said in a statement that the crew of 23 Pakistani fishermen is completely safe.

Indian Navy experts are conducting thorough cleaning of the vessel and checking its seaworthiness after which it will be moved to a safe place to continue fishing activities, the Indian Navy stated.

According to the Indian Navy, they have countered 18 such incidents, deployed 21 ships and 5,000 naval personnel in rotation and investigated more than 1,000 ships.

Meanwhile, India has also deployed more than a dozen warships. Taking advantage of the clashes between the Houthi rebels and Western forces in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab, pirates have increased their operations in various maritime areas.

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