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US Navy aids Iran fishing boat after pirate attack

AFP  |  Washington 

An American destroyer has come to the aid of an Iranian boat after a pirate off Yemen, the US said.

Iran's coast guard called the US naval command in to report Tuesday's incident and to ask for help following the south of Yemen's Socotra island, the said in a statement yesterday.

The US command coordinated with an international naval task force which is in the region to battle

Along with the Japanese destroyer JS Amagiri, the USS Howard reached the vessel and its sailors "provided food and water, made repairs, and gave medical aid to three injured civilian mariners," the statement read.

The coordination between Iranian authorities and the US stands in contrast to a series of recent encounters in which the US has complained of unprofessional Iranian naval behavior.

For instance, in July, a US patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel in the as it closed in on the American vessel.

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First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 07:48 IST