Iran has captured 13 pirates after a clash in the Indian Ocean, according to Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayari, the state-run Fars news agency reported.
The confrontation between an Iranian military vessel and the pirates took place 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) off Iran’s coast, Sayari said in Tehran today.
The 13 held individuals are being transferred to Iranian soil, he added without giving further details.
There are about 3,500 Somali pirates attacking vessels off Africa’s eastern coast in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, the United Nations said in February. Somali pirate attacks rose to a record 237 in 2011.
In January, the U.S. Navy rescued 13 Iranian fishermen held hostage by pirates in the Northern Arabian Sea days, an operation welcomed by Iran’s Foreign Ministry.
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