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Iranian ship and crew escape after 5 months in captivity off Somali coast

BY DRAZEN JORGIC

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped. Continue reading

Indian fisherman’s body to be repatriated from Bahrain

Manama: The body of an Indian fisherman who was shot dead on-board a vessel by armed pirates off the coast of Bahrain will be repatriated soon after completion of formalities, a media report said. Continue reading

Sailors abducted in 2010 yet to be freed

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Author / Source: ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN

Seven Bangladeshi sailors, who were abducted by Somali pirates from a Malaysian flag-carrying merchant ship in the high seas more than four-and-a-half years ago, are still in captivity and leading miserable lives as ransom has not been paid yet. Continue reading

Safety alert after fisherman killed

By ANIQA HAIDER

PIRATES have shot dead a fisherman on board a Bahraini dhow during an armed robbery at sea, sparking a warning to sailors to steer clear of international waters. Continue reading

Merchant ship shot at in Strait of Hormuz Sunday

Unknown assailants in a speedboat shot at a merchant vessel as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman on Sunday, the NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) said.

The unidentified merchant ship reported being shot at twice from close range from a speedboat carrying six people armed with machine guns, on Sunday morning. It repelled the attack with hoses and the vessel and crew are safe, NSC said.

Although suspected Somali pirates commonly attack merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin, attacks on shipping in the Strait of Hormuz – a vital oil and gas shipping route – are rare.

The attack happened on the Gulf of Oman side of the Strait of Hormuz, about 90 minutes after a different merchant ship was approached by two speedboats with crews wearing military clothing, NATO said.

“Two green colored skiffs with three-four persons on board in military clothing and armed with gun machines got to 150 meters of a merchant vessel,” the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s merchant shipping alert service said in a statement.

“After a while the skiffs turned away to Iranian coast.”

No shots were fired by the crews wearing military uniforms. That incident happened about 30 nautical miles to the west of the shooting by a different speedboat.

A spokesman for the NATO Shipping Centre said the two incidents were being investigated. He said the nationalities of the non-merchant crews had not yet been determined and that it was to early to say whether the two incidents were related.

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Iran, Oman to hold joint naval drills: Iran cmdr.

The commander of the Iranian Navy says the naval forces of the Islamic Republic and Oman plan to hold a joint rescue and relief drill in waters south of Iran. Continue reading