MANAMA: Narcotics worth $248 million have been seized from a dhow off the coast of Somalia.The raid at sea was carried out by armed sailors from a Bahrain-based maritime task force.
They were tracking the vessel, which was sailing from the Arabian Sea to the Horn of Africa, for four days in harsh weather conditions, before they intercepted it and found 5,588kg of hashish in hessian bags.
The operation was conducted by Australian warship HMAS Toowoomba, under the command of Pakistan Navy-led Combined Task Force 150, supported by a Royal New Zealand Air Force maritime patrol aircraft, which are part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).
Smugglers are believed to have links to terror groups in the region like Al Shabaab, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The CMF is made up of 30 nations, including Bahrain.