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Iran's oil supertanker rescued from hijack plot

TEHRAN, April 23 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's Navy has foiled Somali pirates' plan to hijack an Iranian oil supertanker in the Gulf of Aden.

The tanker was threatened by the pirates before it entered the Gulf of Aden a few days ago, and as soon as it entered the area, it was attacked by a fleet of 15 pirate boats.

However, since the oil tanker had contacted with Iran's anti-piracy naval forces, it was rescued following fire exchange between the Iranian force and the pirates.

The oil tanker was sailing from the southern Iran's island of Khark to Egypt carrying 300,000 tons of crude oil worth $150 million.

The Iranian Navy has dispatched seven naval vessels 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 recent 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.

... Payvand News - 04/24/10 ... --

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