India’s navy has successfully rescued nineteen Pakistani nationals who were held hostage by Somali pirates aboard the Iranian-flagged fishing vessel Al Naeemi off the coast of Somalia.
The operation unfolded when eleven armed Somali pirates seized control of the vessel, taking the entire crew captive.
The INS Sumitra navy patrol ship intercepted the hijacked fishing vessel, compelling the safe release of the crew and the vessel, as announced by India’s navy on Tuesday.
This marks the second anti-piracy operation conducted by INS Sumitra within just 36 hours.
Prior to this, the navy had rescued seventeen individuals from another Iranian-flagged fishing vessel in the Gulf of Aden.
The escalating attacks on vessels along Somalia’s coast have heightened concerns, particularly in the wake of increased missile attacks by Houthi fighters in the Red Sea.