India Navy Rescues Two Hijacked Vessels Off Somalia Coast In Two Days

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The Indian Navy posted photos of the captured hijackers and their members. The Indian Navy has rescued two Hijacked Vessels off the coast of Somalia. Amid growing concerns about a possible resurgence of piracy in the region. 

Rescue Hijacked Vessels by the warship  Sumitra took place within 36 hours of her arrival. Just a few days ago, the Seychelles Defense Force reported that it had liberated a group of fishermen from pirates. The waters off the coast of Somalia were once a hotbed of piracy. But this situation has all but disappeared as international forces have stepped up patrols. However, many of these navies are in the Red Sea, where Yemen-based Houthi rebels are attacking ships there. Experts are now concerned that pirates in the region could exploit this loophole, the news agency said. 

Last December was the first successful hijacking in the region since 2017. Which Michael Howlett, Director-General of the International Maritime Bureau, said was “a cause for concern . “However, Troels Birchall-Henningsen, an associate professor at the Royal Danish Defense College. Told the BBC that a full recovery to previous highs was unlikely as recent attacks appeared to be opportunistic. Map showing the location of Somalia in relation to Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the Indian Ocean.

Attacks Certainly Seem to Have Increased In January 

According to the Indian Navy, it responded to a distress call on January 28 and intercepted the  Iranian-flagged vessel. Said that after the 17 crew members were released, the ship was disinfected and was able to continue sailing. The statement did not mention the pirate situation. Two days later, on Tuesday,  the Navy announced that the INS Sumitra had once again “spotted another Iranian-flagged fishing vessel, the Al Naimi, and was put into action to  intercept it.” The newspaper said 4,444 navy personnel were on board the ship to disinfect the ship and check on the safety of the crew, including 19 Pakistani sailors. The situation with the pirates was not mentioned again, but a photo posted to X showed an armed Marine guarding a man with his hands tied behind his back.

 In early January, Indian Navy SEALs rescued 21 crew members from a Liberian-flagged ship attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. Meanwhile, the Seychelles government announced on Saturday that it had freed six Sri Lankan fishermen who had been held hostage for three days by armed groups who attacked them about 840 nautical miles (1,555 km) southeast of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. On January 26, the Indian Navy announced that it had dispatched the warship INS Visakhapatnam to the Gulf of Aden in response to a distress call from the British-linked tanker Merlin Luanda, which remained in flames for several hours. It was after being hit by a naval missile fired by the Houthis. 

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