Iranian naval forces intervene to repel pirates

The Iranian Navy acted to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, state television reported on Friday March 8th.

The broadcast said pirates in 11 speedboats attacked a tanker with a cargo of 150,000 metric tons on Thursday March 7th. It showed naval forces opening fire on speedboats, without saying whether the footage was from the latest incident.

Iran’s navy has extended its reach in recent years, dispatching vessels to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates.