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Iranian Navy Reportedly Rescues U.S. Ship From Pirates


Iran's navy says it has rescued a U.S.-flagged cargo ship from pirates in the Gulf of Oman.

In a statement quoted by the official IRNA news agency, the navy said an Iranian warship responded to a distress signal from the ship "Maersk Texas," which was attacked by pirate boats on May 23.

The statement said the pirates "fled the scene as soon as they spotted the presence" of the warship.

However, the AP news agency quoted the Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk as saying the pirate attack against its cargo ship was foiled by armed guards on board the ship.

It said no one was injured in the incident and the "Maersk Texas" continued its voyage to the United States.

The ship had sailed from the United Arab Emirates.

Based on reporting by dpa, AFP, and AP
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