Pirates launch fresh attack on freed ship carrying Indians

However, there was no report of any casualty. While the 22-member crew of MV Suez faced threat of being retaken, the Directorate General of Shipping said the Indian Navy is coordinating with other navies for the safe passage of the ship to the Port of Salalah in Oman.

PNS Babur, a Pakistani Navy vessel, which happened to be in the vicinity of MV Suez, is expected to reach the ship soon and escort it to Salalah, DG (Shipping) S B Agnihotri told PTI.

Agnihotri said a fibre glass boat from which pirates fired on M V Suez could not be be detected on the radar as it was very small.

"Usually, chances of a released ship being attacked or taken over again are very rare, but unfortunately such an incident has happened," he said.

Ravinder Singh, 3rd Officer on board MV Suez, which was in captivity for over 10 months, told a private TV news channel that the ship was attacked early this morning.

"We were attacked 2 hours ago by pirates. There were four pirates in the skiff that attacked us. They fired upon us. The attack went on for over 40 minutes. One pirate was injured as we too retaliated with whatever we could lay our hands on. We contacted the numbers of Indian Navy and we did not receive a positive response. We got through to an officer but he disconnected the call. We have not received any response after that," he said.

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