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Indian navy thwarts pirate attack

Dehli: The Indian Navy successfully thwarted a Somali pirate attack on Sunday. Guided missile destroyer INS Delhi was escorting a convoy of 12 ships through the Gulf of Aden when pirates attempted to attack one of the merchant vessels. The pirates' boat was intercepted by the Indian warship INS Delhi that deployed a helicopter with marine commandos, who seized a cache of weapons and offloaded the fuel and left their boat adrift, the spokesperson for the Indian Navy was reported as saying by local press. The attack took place 12-15 hrs on 5 September in the International Recommended Transit Corridor in the Gulf of Aden. "On investigation, a cache of arms and several fuel drums and ship boarding equipment were found. There were seven Somali and one Yemeni national as part of the speed boat's crew. The men were disarmed and excess fuel on the boat was disposed of by the boarding commandos' team," he said. [07/09/10]

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