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Indian Navy commandoes thwart hijacking attempt in North Arabian Sea, evacuate all crew

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Shillong, Jan 5: The commandoes of the Indian Navy have successfully evacuated all the crew, including 15 Indians, on board MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea on Friday.

The crew were safely evacuated from the citadel of the ship.

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In a press statement, India Navy said its MARCO commandoes have ‘commenced the Sanitisation’ after boarding it earlier in the day.

The INS Chennai, originally on Anti-Piracy patrol, was redirected to the scene, intercepting the vessel at around 3.15 PM on Friday.

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“MV (Lila Norfolk) was kept under continuous surveillance using Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Predator MQ9B and integral helos. The Indian Navy Marine Commandos present onboard the Mission Deployed warship boarded the MV and have commenced the Sanitisation. All 21 crew (incl 15 Indians) onboard safely evacuated from the citadel. Sanitisation by MARCOs has confirmed absence of the hijackers personnel,” Navy said in the statement.

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It said the attempt of hijacking by the pirates was probably abandoned with the forceful warning by the Indian Navy, MPA of interception by Indian Naval warship.

It further said INS Chennai is in the vicinity of MV and rendering support to restore the power generation & propulsion, and commence her voyage to next port of call.

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