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Indian Navy may go on rescue operation for Bangladeshi ship: security analyst

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Indian Navy may go on rescue operation for Bangladeshi ship: security analyst | An Indian warship and a long-range maritime patrol aircraft are stationed in the vicinity to assist the Bangladeshi ship MV Abdullah, held hostage by Somali pirates. The Indian Navy said in a statement on Friday.

An Indian warship and a long-range maritime patrol aircraft are stationed in the vicinity to assist the Bangladeshi ship MV Abdullah, held hostage by Somali pirates. The Indian Navy said in a statement on Friday.

It said the hostage crew has been secured by armed pirates and Indian Navy warships are present in the vicinity. Somali pirates took control of the MV Abdullah in the Indian Ocean last Tuesday and took 23 crew members hostage. The ship was anchored 20 nautical miles off Somalia’s Garakad port on Thursday.

The Indian Navy said that after receiving the information, the Navy deployed the long-range maritime patrol aircraft LRMP P-81 on Tuesday.

‘The aircraft attempts to communicate with the ship’s crew to ascertain its status. However, no response was received from the ship,’ the statement said.

It further said, ‘Later the Indian Navy deployed a warship. It is working on maritime security in the region. The warship began monitoring the hostage vessel on Thursday.’

A Navy statement said the crew (Bangladeshi nationals) of the commercial vessel held hostage by the armed pirates was secured and Indian Navy warships remained nearby until the vessel reached Somali waters.

The Indian Navy has stepped up surveillance in the region in recent weeks following attacks on several merchant ships in the western Indian Ocean.

Earlier this month, the Indian Navy thwarted a pirate attack on an Iranian-flagged fishing vessel off the east coast of Somalia. It is said that there were 11 Iranian and 8 Pakistani nationals on that ship.

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