Indian navy destroys 'pirate ship'

Indian navy says pirates flee after exchange of fire.

     The INS Tabar was deployed to the Gulf of Aden to escort Indian ships [File: AFP]

    The navy statement said that they had seen the men on the ship's deck with rocket-propelled grenade launchers and guns. The pirates threatened to blow up the warship, and then opened fire.

    The naval statement said: "On repeated calls, the vessel's threatening response was that she would blow up the naval warship. The INS Tabar retaliated in self defence and opened fire on the mother vessel.
    "As a result of the firing by INS Tabar, fire broke out on the [Somali] vessel and explosions were heard, possibly due to exploding ammunition that was stored on the vessel."

    'Anti-piracy mission'

    India deployed the INS Tabar to escort Indian ships after the country's shipping firms said they were losing $450,000 a month on cost overruns and delays in meeting deadlines.

    This would be the third attack the INS Tabar has fended off since it began its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden on Novermber 2.

    Naval commandos flying in a helicopter foiled an attempt to hijack an Indian merchant ship on November 11.

    The attack took place 285 nautical miles southwest off the Omani city of Salalah.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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