Iran releases 9 Indian crew members kidnapped from seized UAE tanker
BREAKING: Iran has released 9 out of 12 kidnapped Indians who were on board the ship MT Riah that was detained in early July.
However, 21 Indians still held captive in Iran — three from MT Riah and 18 from British oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized last week by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard terror group in the Strait of Hormuz.
The British-flagged Stena Impero and its 23 crew were taken by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group on Friday.
The Indian Embassy on Thursday got consular access to the 18 Indians who were on board Impero.
The owner, Stena Bulk, made contact on Tuesday with the ship’s master who said they were safe and there was good co-operation with the Iranian captors on board.
The UK government has said it will provide a Royal Navy escort for British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, amid escalating tensions in the Gulf.
HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, is understood to have conducted the first accompanied mission last night after the change in policy by the Department of Transport.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.