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Indian Navy rescues 19 Pakistani nationals from Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden

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The Indian Navy’s warship INS Sumitra has carried out a second successful anti-piracy operation rescuing 19 crew members and a vessel from armed Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. According to the statement of Indian Navy, the INS Sumitra thwarted the piracy attempt on FV Iman off the east coast of Somalia, rescuing fishing vessel Al Naeemi and 19 Pakistani nationals from 11 Somali pirates. The operation was carried out after the INS Sumitra safely rescued the Iranian-flagged fishing vessel Iman from Somali pirates.

The INS Sumitra had 17 crew members onboard in its anti-piracy operations along the east coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden on last Sunday night. The Indian Navy said its warship INS Sumitra intercepted the vessel and acted in accordance with the established SOPs to coerce the pirates for the safe release of the crew along with the boat.

The Navy said the rescue of hijacked vessels, through swift, persistent and relentless efforts by Mission Deployed Indian Navy warship in the Southern Arabian Sea approximately 850 nm West of Kochi.

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