US navy rescues Iranian hostages held by pirates

By REUTERS
January 6, 2012 18:16

WASHINGTON - A member of the same US aircraft carrier group that Iran has warned not to return to the Strait of Hormuz has rescued 13 Iranians held hostage by pirates in the Arabian Sea, the Pentagon said on Friday.

"The Iranians and the dhow (a traditional vessel) have been released and they're on their way back home," said Captain John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman.

He said the US Navy had captured 15 pirates, all believed to be Somali born. They were being held on board the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.


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