Indian Navy rescues third ship from Somalian, Yemeni pirates

December 13th, 2008 - 11:16 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi , Dec.13 (ANI): The Indian Navy on Saturday confirmed the arrest of 23 Somalian and Yemeni pirates who attempted to hijack an Ethiopian vessel some 160 nautical miles off the Port of Aden .
The pirates - 12 Somalis and 11 Yemenis - are being held on board the destroyer INS Mysore that has been deployed in the area.
A navy spokesman said that the INS Mysore received an SOS from the Ethiopian vessel MV Jide, 159 nautical miles east of Aden at around noon that it was under attack from two vessels.
“Armed choppers with Marcos (marine commandoes) immediately flew to the rescue and INS Mysore also started to close in.
The commandoes broke off the attack by the pirates and stopped a dhow and a skiff carrying 12 Somalis and 11 Yemenis (between them),” the spokesman said.
“The pirates are now on board Mysore and further legalities are being looked into as to where they should be disembarked and prosecuted,” the spokesman added
Seven AK-47s, one 5.56mm rifle, one 7.62mm rifle, one Rocket Propelled Grenade launcher, 13 loaded magazines, one GPS instrument and one mobile phone were seized from the pirates, the spokesman said.
On November 18, the Navy’’s stealth frigate INS Tabar sank a Somali pirate vessel after coming under attack in the Gulf of Aden .
Earlier on November 8, the same vessel foiled an attempt by pirates to hijack an Indian ship and a Saudi Arabian merchant vessel. Ninety-five hijackings of ships have been attempted Somali pirates this year. (ANI)

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