Pirate Ship Reported Sunk By Indian Navy

New Delhi (AP) The Indian Navy says it's scored a success against pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Officials say an Indian warship sank a suspected pirate “mother ship” it had stopped after the mother ship opened fire. The warship's return fire reportedly ignited a series of blasts that destroyed the ship.

The Indian Navy says the warship also pursued two speedboats shadowing the “mother ship.” One was reportedly found abandoned.

Despite the success, two ships seized yesterday off Somalia are still in pirate hands. A spokesman for the International Maritime Bureau says eight ships have been hijacked this week alone, and 39 in the Gulf of Aden so far this year.

A multinational naval force has increased patrols in the waters between the Arabian Peninsula and the horn of Africa.

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