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Photos: Iranian Navy captures 12 pirates

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The Iranian Navy has captured 12 pirates on the open seas, the commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, announced on Tuesday.

Iranian Navy commander, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari

Speaking at a press conference, Sayyari said that the pirates were captured 3000 kilometers off Iran's shorelines in the Indian Ocean.

The pirates had attacked an Iran-bound commercial ship, which was carrying 10,000 tons of goods, but Iranian naval forces, in a special operation on March 30 and 31 which lasted 36 hours, managed to foil the attack and capture the pirates, Sayyari explained.

The Navy used the Jamaran destroyer in the operation.

The Jamaran is the first domestically manufactured destroyer, which can carry helicopters and is equipped with torpedoes.

The pirates have been transferred to Iranian soil.

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