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India rescues hi-jacked Iranian fishing vessel

The Indian Navy has said that it had freed a hijacked Iranian fishing vessel from nine armed pirates in the Arabian Sea on Friday, rescuing its crew unharmed. The Al-Kambar 786 was southwest of the Yemeni island of Socotra on March 28th when it was reported to have been boarded by pirates, according to a statement from the Indian Navy late on Friday.

The ship was intercepted by the INS Sumedha and INS Trishul, which led to more than 12 hours of “intense coercive tactical measures”, eventually forcing the pirates to surrender.

The crew of 23 Pakistani nationals on the Iranian fishing vessel were safe, it said.

“Indian Naval specialist teams are presently undertaking thorough sanitisation and seaworthiness checks of the fishing vessel in order to escort her to a safe area for resuming normal fishing activities,”