Four boats, each carrying six armed robbers were on their way to hijack a tanker heading for the Bab-el Mandeb Strait.
“However, the pirates’ attempt was thwarted by Iranian Navy forces on board the tanker,” Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported on Monday (11/1/2021).
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The report claims the pirates tried to hijack the tanker but were frightened by warning shots from Iranian forces. Attempts to attack pirate pirates were frequent.
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This is not the only instance of Iranian Navy forces reportedly repelling pirate attacks on their speedboats in the region.
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In mid-October, state television reported five pirate speedboats attacked two oil tankers, but were thwarted by Iranian forces.