After a gun-battle on the high seas, the Indian Navy has apprehended a pirate mother ship rescuing 13 crew members and capturing 61 Somali MUSLIM pirates

While the US Navy sat in the waters off Somalia with their Obama-ordered hands tied behind their backs as four Americans were murdered on their sailboat by Somali MUSLIM pirates, the Indian Navy has been busy capturing dozens of pirates and rescuing hostages from hijacked ships…the third such rescue in as many months.

FOX NEWS – In its most successful anti-piracy operation, the Indian Navy has captured 61 Somali pirates and rescued 13 crew members of a merchant vessel, who are being brought to Mumbai for further questioning and prosecution.

This is Indian Navy’s third major anti-piracy operation in the last three months. In the two previous operations, 43 pirates were caught, signalling increased piracy activities in the Indian Ocean targeting the nine and ten-degree channels through which cargo ships for South Asia ply.

Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday. The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel. The battle is the latest example of the piracy trade’s turn toward increased violence.

The pirates had hijacked the Mozambique-flagged Vega 5 in December and had used it as a mothership. Indian sailors rescued 13 crew members from the Vega 5 Sunday night about 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) off Kochi in southern India, the statement said. The pirates were carrying about 80 to 90 small arms or rifles and a few heavier weapons, likely rocket-propelled grenades, it said. The statement did not describe any casualties among the navy, the fishermen or the pirates in Sunday’s clash.

A self-described pirate in Somalia who gave his name as Bile Hussein said the arrests will lead to “trouble” for Indian sailors and ships, threatening Indian sailors and the government with targeted attacks in retaliation for the arrests.

“They better release them, considering their people traveling in the waters, or we shall jail their people like that,” he said. “We are first sending a message to the Indian government of releasing our friends in their hands or else they have to be ready for their citizens to be mistreated in the near future.”

The Indian navy’s third anti-piracy operation this year followed the capture of 28 Somali pirates last month and another 15 in January. Both groups are to be prosecuted in Mumbai.

Weeks earlier, four Americans on a hijacked yacht were killed by pirates as four U.S. Navy vessels were shadowing the captured boat at the time. 15 pirate suspects were taken into custody after the murders.

SUCCESSFUL anti-piracy operation by the Indian Navy in February 2011.

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