An Indian warship in the Gulf of Aden has fought a battle with Somali pirates just hours after three vessels were hijacked off the coast of Somalia.
The Indian navy said the pirates' "mother ship" was blown up and the pirates fled in two speedboats in the exchange on Tuesday.
The navy said on Wednesday that the INS Tabar approached the pirate ship and asked to search it.
The ship had food, diesel and water on board and had two speedboats in tow.
The navy statement said that they had seen the men on the ship's deck with rocket-propelled grenade launchers and guns. The pirates threatened to blow up the warship, and then opened fire....MORE
CNN's headline was:
(CNN) -- An Indian warship has exchanged fire with a pirate "mother vessel" off the hijacking-plagued Horn of Africa, leaving the ship ablaze in the Gulf of Aden, an official said Wednesday....
A file photo shows the Indian frigate Tabar,
which was involved in the skirmish.