News ID: 317545
Published: 0237 GMT November 01, 2021

Iran thwarts pirate attack on oil tanker in Gulf of Aden

Iran thwarts pirate attack on oil tanker in Gulf of Aden
IRNA

The Iranian Navy foiled a pirate attack against an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Monday.

“Before crossing the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, the tanker was approached by four boats carrying armed men who were prevented in their attack after the Iranian escort fired warning shots,” national TV reported, citing a statement by the Iranian Navy.

The boats were forced to escape following the timely action, the statement added.

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

Last month, an Iranian warship successfully foiled a pirate attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden following a heavy exchange of fire, Press TV wrote.

“The 78th naval fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran, consisting of the Alborz destroyer, was attacked by five pirate boats this morning while escorting two Iranian tankers,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said in an interview at the time, describing the incident as “maritime terrorism”.

In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, safeguarding merchant containers and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.

Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its missions in international waters.

 

 

 

 

   
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