Iran Navy encounters pirates

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Iran's Navy battleships have prevented 2 pirate attacks on an Iranian cargo ship close to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, off the coast of Somalia in the Horn of Africa.
The Iranian ship was under attack 3 days ago after 40 armed bandits on board 6 skiffs near the ship at high speed some 115 nautical miles northwest of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.
The Iranian warships guarding the area rushed to help the cargo ship upon its distress call, which according to information an unauthorized boarding attempt by several people.
Iranian Navy marines decided to preventing the attack by opening fire on the bandits.
Pirates hours later started another attack on the Iranian ship some 155 nautical miles northwest of the strait. Nevertheless, they were defeated again and forced to run.
Synchronized with international efforts against piracy, Iran's Navy has been conducting anti-piracy armed forces in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to guard maritime trade and in particular ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.
In May last year, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos told thatw the anti-piracy efforts by Iran's Navy was "with results."
Somalia has been in battle since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Importantly located in the Horn of Africa, it has been embroiled in a bad civil war for years.