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Iranian warship said hit by friendly fire, at least 1 killed

Local reports say a frigate fired an anti-ship cruise missile at a support boat during exercises in the Gulf of Oman

Iran's Jamaran frigate (Wikimedia commons)
Iran's Jamaran frigate (Wikimedia commons)

In Iranian warship accidentally fired an anti-ship cruise missile at another Iranian naval vessel on Monday, sinking it and killing at least one sailor and possibly more, local media reports said.

Reports said that the Jamaran frigate accidentally fired on the Konarak, a support vessel during an exercise in the Gulf of Oman.

Iran’s Fars news agency confirmed an incident on the Konark and said one person was killed and several sailors were injured, according to the Reuters news agency. It gave no further details.

However, local reports said that up to 40 sailors were dead and several more wounded.

Videos posted on social media purported to show injured sailors being rescued and taken for treatment.

The incident comes amid continued tensions in the area.

Last month US President Donald Trump said he had ordered the US military to attack and destroy any Iranian vessel that harasses US Navy ships.

The order came one week after 11 small armed Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps speedboats swarmed around US Navy and Coast Guard ships in international waters in the northern Gulf.

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