Sunday, September 20, 2009

Somali Pirates: Iran says pirate attack thwarted

Reported as Iran ships foil hijack attempt in Gulf of Aden:
Amid Iran's efforts to cooperate with the international community in protecting the notorious Gulf of Aden from pirate attacks, an official says Iranian warships open fire on pirate boats and thwart an attempted hijack of three trade vessels.

"After the boats ignored warnings, the pirates were sent fleeing by our shooting and they left the area," state radio quoted commander of Iran's first Naval zone, Fariborz Qaderpanah, as saying Saturday.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has stationed a flotilla of warships into the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia, to provide security for commercial ships and oil tankers.

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