TEHRAN, April 6 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran's navy has thwarted attempts by Somali pirates to hijack an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden. The tanker, named Iran-Faraz, was heading toward Turkey when it was attacked by four speedboats belonged to the Somali pirates.
However, the speedboats fled the area after an Iranian navy fleet carried out a military operation against them.
Iran has sent a number of warships at different stages to the Gulf of Aden in order to provide security for the national and international ships sailing in the area.
Piracy has flourished over the past 2 years off the busy Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean shipping lanes and seaborne gangs have seized several cargo ships and collected tens of millions of dollars in ransom for the safe release of crews and cargoes.
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