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Iranian navy rescues 28 Chinese sailors from hijacked freighter, arrests pirates

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 belongs to a company in eastern China, and the pirates "threw their weapons into the sea and surrendered to the Iranian navy," Xinhua said.

The ambassador had earlier urged Tehran to make the safety of the crew its "first priority", adding that the Chinese government and foreign ministry had expressed concern about the incident.

The freighter, which had set off from Singapore and was heading to a port in southwestern Iran, had its engine damaged in the attack and was being repaired, Xinhua said. It will continue to an Iranian port after repairs.


Added: Apr-7-2012 Occurred On: Apr-7-2012
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  • The trouble with rescuing Chinese is, an hour later, you have to rescue them again.

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  • Those are some ugly trayvons

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  • We have to veto a bill against Iran the US is going to put on the UN because this time we owed Iran something.

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  • Hmmm lets see..... Iran, muslim pirates, and china.........sounds like a bad chinese movie plot or a straight out propaganda publicity stunt.

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    • @nonconforme very well could be. That was my first thought but couldn't see what it would represent. We already know these two are allied. What do you think??

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    • @1shot555
      With china's continuing rise on the World stage, iran's immediate problems with Israel and the fact that they are bedfellows, my gut tells me that they will do anything to portray themselves in any/all good light they can. Especially manufactured good light. ;)

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    • @nonconforme ahh i see what you're saying. It was an actual event that the Iranian media took advantage of.. I wasn't sure why the chinese wouldn't have dealt with that situation. After all, it's 28 of their own men that could be killed in a failed hostage rescue attempt.. It's definitely to do with tensions over Israel. Remember that US and Canada have also pledged to defend Isreal 'at all costs'.

      With the mass trade between Iran, Russia and China i saw this to be signs of a huge clash. Bu More..

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    • @nonconforme Also it's interesting that Iran has already been portraying a cooperative stance. They've allowed Foreign officials to search for any 'hidden' nuclear facilities. The one Nuclear facility that they DO have they have signed off on, and is used for electricity. Israel are the ones that won't even allow their facilities to be searched/examined. Also as we know many American's have been slaughtered by Israeli military, as well as many other terrorist attacks they have committed in Ira More..

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    • @1shot555
      I believe WHEN the shit hits the fan between iran and Israel, if obama is in office then yes russia and china will act on behalf of iran without worry of reataliation being as obama is on "their" side. Now if Allen West were in The Oval Office????

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  • Nice to see their not all bad I suppose...

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  • Iran has the back of China..love it.

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  • Way to go Iran. Keep showing those Pirates the consequences for their actions!:D

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  • Good Job !! yeeah... those stupid pirates deserve their A$$es get kicked real hard!

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  • *boggled*... is it just me or are those Iranian soldiers wearing ACU camo???

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    • @1shot555 probably yet another item stolen from the west they claim to have invented and perfected.. surprised you can see them with the super stealth camo they are wearing.

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  • Kill the cunts

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  • Looks like a successful operation, congratulations to the Iranian Navy. Wonder what they will do with the pirates captured?

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  • GJ Iran. Every country fortunate to have a Navy should really begin to crack down on all the Pirates.

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  • Really nice cloths for a group of starving people!

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  • Great job to the Iranians.

    Fuck the somalian pirates.

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  • I was reading the news on this yesterday after it had happened. According to one news article I read, the Chinese threatened Iran to rescue their civilians within 48 hours or there was going to be trouble.

    Looks like the Iranians took the threat seriously! Personally, I would have like to see what China would have done. I somehow doubt the raghead in charge would have started threatening China too, along with every other country.

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    • @Samurai what the hell are you talking about asshole ? the chinese contacted the iranian officials and requested them that iran save the chinese personnel on a ship that was heading to Iran navy port carrying tons of goods including iron. so it was also irans responsibility

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