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19 November, 2008 - Published 15:20 GMT
India's navy hits Somali pirates
The Indian navy says it has sunk a pirate vessel which one of its warships encountered north of the Somali coast. India's navy is patrolling the waters as part of the international effort to try to deter attacks by pirates on commercial shipping. Damian Grammaticas has more:
The Indian navy is describing the boat it has sunk as a pirate mother ship. It says the Indian naval ship INS Tabar was on patrol in the Gulf of Aden late on Tuesday evening when it encountered what it believed was a pirate ship with two speedboats in tow.
The Indian navy demanded the ship stop for investigation. The navy says the pirates on board were armed with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers, they threatened to blow up the Indian warship and then fired on it. The Indians say they responded.
There was an explosion on the pirate vessel which sank. Some pirates tried to escape on two speedboats. The Indians gave chase and found one speedboat abandoned. The second vanished into the night.
Damian Grammaticas, BBC News, Delhi
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