Seven Pakistani nationals have apparently been killed in a rocket attack on a cargo ship off the Yemen coast. GeoNews reported that the assault happened on Wednesday night (December 21).
The cargo ship vessel Joya 8 was en-route from Egypt to Dubai.
All the crew members of the Iranian ship were Pakistani nationals, and it is believed the targeted blast has resulted in seven fatalities. Miraculously though, there was one survivor. A man identified as Officer Kabir managed to stay alive by fleeing the ship and swimming safely to the Hodeidah port, where he was later hospitalised. Kabir remains in a state of trauma.
One body so far has been recovered and identified as crew member Suhail Ahmed. The other six bodies are still unaccounted for.
As of now, nobody has taken responsibility for the attack although local insurgent groups in the area have been known to pledge allegiance to Daesh.
Thousands of people have been killed in an on-going conflict in Yemen between two factions claiming to constitute the government.
In related news, troops recently regained a Somali port from Daesh.