Iran says it thwarted another pirate attack on one of its tankers

TEHRAN, Iran – Hackers attempted to seize an Iranian tanker in the Gulf of Aden in the second such incident in a fortnight, Iranian ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The ship was heading for the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the entrance to the Red Sea when six pirates aboard four ships attempted to board it, firing warning shots from the Iranian navy, ISNA said. .

This is the second such incident involving Iranian ships in recent weeks after pirates attacked a convoy of two ships on October 16.

Like other countries relying on the sea route via the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, Iran stepped up its naval presence in the Gulf of Aden after a wave of attacks by Somalia-based pirates between 2000 and 2011.

But the number of attacks has fallen sharply in recent years.

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