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India destroys pirate ship off Somalia

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The Indian Defense Ministry announced today that the Indian warship INS Tabar destroyed a suspected pirate ship in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Africa.

It's the second major show of force from India this week in the world's most dangerous waters, which only days ago saw the seizure of the MV Sirius Star, a Saudi supertanker now being held for ransom in Somalia. A Greek ship and a Thai fishing boat have subsequently been captured.

India may be leading the way in a renewed international response to Somali pirates, who are accountable for some 80 attacks this year. In recent weeks, they have become more brazen in the size of the ships they seek and the distance they are willing to travel off the coast for their booty.

India's Defense Ministry said the INS Tabar destroyed the pirates' boat Tuesday evening, foiling an attempted attack, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It was a brief yet explosive battle, reports The Times of India.

Indian helicopters sent by the INS Tabar fended off several pirate attacks just a week ago, and the ship went on to rescue yet another boat shortly thereafter, CNN reports.

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