The Iranian navy has freed 28 Chinese crew members less than a day after their cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates off the Islamic republic's south coast, Chinese state media said Saturday.
The pirates attacked the ship early Friday in the Gulf of Oman near the Iranian port of Chabahar, clambering onto the vessel with ladders and opening fire, said the official Xinhua news agency, citing China's embassy in Tehran.
It was the latest episode of Chinese getting into trouble as the country's firms do more business abroad -- Chinese workers were kidnapped in Sudan and Egypt earlier this year, and Chinese sailors have been held captive before.
Following the hijacking Friday, China's ambassador in Tehran, Yu Hongyang, demanded swift action from Iran, which dispatched its navy to rescue the crew.
Two warships caught up late Friday with the ship, the Panama-registered Xianghuamen which
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