Iran arrests pirates in Sea of Oman
An Iranian Navy commander says commandoes have captured and detained two suspected Somali pirates near a southeastern port city after the sea bandits hijacked an Iranian fishing boat, PressTV reported.
"Navy commandoes at the Chabahar base (a port city on the east coast of the Sea of Oman) began conducting special and reconnaissance missions to arrest pirates after receiving information that an Iranian fishing had been seized," IRIB quoted the Commander of Chabahar Navy Base as saying on Saturday.
The commander, who was identified as Mareshi, said commandoes managed to disarm and board the ship near Pozm -- a port some 52 km (32 miles) west of Chabahar.
"The pirates controlled the ship for 22 days and in that period attempted to hijack five ships in international waters, but failed in all instances," he added, but did not elaborate on where the vessel was attacked and hijacked.
Commandoes confiscated a number of firearms from the pirates.
Mrashi said the pirates were turned over to the police forces of Sistan-Baluchestan Province after a court in the nearby town of Konarak sentenced them to jail.
While the pirates continue to prey on commercial ships sailing the dangerous waters of the Gulf of Aden and have expanded their zone of operation further into the Indian Ocean.