The Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy warship fleet has thwarted pirate attacks on a cargo vessel and an Iranian oil tanker off Somalia's coast.
Seven pirate boats attacked the Abadeh oil tanker while sailing in Bab al-Mandeb strait on Thursday, ISNA reported.
The Iranian naval forces, however, swiftly averted the attack with effective firepower, the report added.
On Wednesday, the Dandel cargo ship was attacked by seven pirate boats in the same area, but the Iranian Navy warships patrolling the pirate-infested shipping lanes around the Horn of Africa confronted the pirates and scattered them.
A few hours later, 16 other pirate boats attacked the same ship, but escaped after a clash with the Islamic Republic naval forces during which one of the pirates was killed.
Iran's Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard maritime trade and in particular ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.
In May, International Maritime Organization Secretary General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos described the anti-piracy efforts by Iran's Navy as “effective,” saying that the whole maritime community is undoubtedly indebted to those countries that have acted to counter piracy by deploying forces.