Iranian Navy thwarts pirate attack

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Iranian naval forces repelled pirates attacking an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, state television reported.

The broadcast said pirates in 11 speedboats attacked a tanker with a cargo of 150,000 tonnes on Thursday. It showed naval forces opening fire on speedboats, without saying when the footage was shot.

Iran’s navy has extended its reach in recent years, dispatching vessels to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates.