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Indian warship 'in close vicinity' of hijacked Bangladeshi ship 

Update : 15 Mar 2024, 21:15

The Indian Navy said in a statement that it was in close vicinity of the Bangladeshi ship hijacked in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday.  

The Indian Navy said that its offshore Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) vessel and a warship responded to a distress call from a Bangladeshi-flagged cargo vessel hijacked off the Somali coast during its voyage from Mozambique to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this week.

In a statement released on Friday, the Indian Navy said that on receiving intimation on March 12, the LRMP P-81 was immediately deployed and on locating the merchant vessel, MV Abdullah, in the evening, it attempted to establish communication to ascertain the status of the ship's crew members, but, no response was received from the ship. 

The Navy further said that the safety of the crew held hostage by armed pirates was ascertained and the Indian Navy warship continued to maintain its presence in the close vicinity of the vessel till its arrival in the territorial waters of Somalia.

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