Indian Navy has rescued 19 Pakistani sailors from pirates off the coast of Somalia. The pirates took the Pakistanis hostage along with a fishing boat. This information was given by the Indian Navy in a statement on Tuesday.
The Indian Navy said in a statement that the Indian ship INS Sumitra conducted rescue operations for the second time in the last 36 hours. Earlier, INS Sumitra rescued 17 crew members of an Iranian ship. The Iranian ship was also hijacked by pirates.
The statement further informed that on January 28, they received a distress message from the Iranian-flagged ship and intercepted the ship. The Indian Navy then used force on the pirates to bring the 17 crew back to safety. At one stage, the pirates were forced to release those 17 people.
According to the British media BBC, India has deployed INS Sumitra to conduct maritime security operations off the coast of Somalia and the Persian Gulf.
Meanwhile, nothing has been officially said by New Delhi and Islamabad regarding the rescue of Pakistani sailors.
According to a report by the US media Bloomberg, the disruption of sea security after several attacks by the Houthi rebels on ships in the Red Sea has been linked to the hijacking by pirates.