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Iranian Navy Foils Hijack Attempt In Gulf Of Aden

Press TV - 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.

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has led to attacks on more than 200 ships over the past 17 months. Concerns over the issue have prompted a fleet of International warships to patrol the area and attempt to protect merchant ships in one of the world's most important shipping lanes.

However, despite the efforts, the bandits continue to seize ships, holding them until hefty ransoms are paid.

... Payvand News - 09/20/09 ... --

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