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Indian Navy rescues hijacked Iranian fishing vessel in Arabian Sea

 Published: 13:26, 31 March 2024

Indian Navy rescues hijacked Iranian fishing vessel in Arabian Sea

The Indian Navy successfully rescued an Iranian fishing vessel, Al-Kambar, along with its crew of Pakistani nationals, thwarting a piracy attempt in the Arabian Sea.

According to an official statement released late Friday, the Indian Navy swiftly responded to reports of a potential piracy incident onboard the Al-Kambar, received on Thursday night. Two Indian naval ships were promptly diverted to intercept the hijacked vessel, which was reported to have been boarded by nine armed pirates.
'After more than 12 hours of intense coercive tactical measures, the pirates on board the hijacked fishing vessel were compelled to surrender. The crew, comprising 23 Pakistani nationals, have been safely rescued,' stated the navy, revealing that the interception took place early Friday.
Emphasizing the safety and security protocols, the navy highlighted, 'Indian Naval specialist teams are presently undertaking thorough sanitization and seaworthiness checks of the fishing vessel in order to escort her to a safe area for resuming normal fishing activities.'
This successful rescue operation adds to the Indian Navy's track record of safeguarding maritime interests and ensuring the safety of vessels and crew members. In recent times, the Indian Navy has undertaken multiple operations to counter piracy threats and neutralize attempted hijackings in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea regions.


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