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Indian warship intercepts hijacked ship in Arabian Sea

New Delhi, December 16 (EFE).- An Indian Navy warship intercepted on Saturday the cargo ship MV Ruen, kidnapped last Thursday with 18 people on board in the Arabian Sea, and is on its way to the coast of Somalia, the Indian government reported, which assured that it continues to monitor the situation.

The MV Ruen, a Maltese-flagged ship, sent a distress message on December 14 indicating the boarding of approximately six unknown persons, the Indian armed forces said in a statement.

“The Indian Navy warship deployed in the Gulf of Aden to combat piracy intercepted the MV Ruen in the early hours of December 16,” India said.

In addition to its anti-piracy warship patrolling the Gulf of Aden, India diverted a naval patrol aircraft that was in the area.

Yesterday, the plane reached the hijacked ship, which is now on its way to the coast of Somalia, the announcement reads.

According to the Maltese Maritime Authority, the ship is managed by a Bulgarian company and had a crew of 18 sailors of Bulgarian, Angolan and Burmese nationality on board.

The ship belongs to the Bulgarian state company Navibulgar, and it is not known for sure which group hijacked the vessel.

“The Indian Navy remains committed to being the first responder in the region and ensuring the safety of merchant ships along with international partners and friendly foreign countries,” the Indian force said in the statement.

The Spanish naval frigate Victoria is part of an EU operation that went out against the hijacked ship yesterday. EFE

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