January 27, 2011

"Somali pirates failed in their previous attempt to hijack an Iranian vessel carrying crude oil to Spain en route the Bab al-Mandeb Strait"

Press TV "The Iranian oil tanker dubbed “Haraaz” was sailing in the water of the Gulf of Aden on Monday at 22:45 p.m. local time (1905 GMT) when it was waylaid by pirates in their first night time attack against an Iranian vessel cruising in the Gulf of Aden, Mehr news agency reported on Thursday."

'The vessel got away unscathed after a series of chase and escape attempts, which lasted for nearly two hours, and all the crew on board of the Iranian ship are reported to be in complete health, the report said.

'It was the 31st reported attack on an Iranian vessel in the Gulf of Aden and the first such attempt in 2011.

'According to Jamal Mayahi, the technical Director of National Iranian Tanker Company, the ship is now on its way to Egypt, where it is expected to make a port call and to unload its cargo.'

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