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Pentagon says Iranian navy fired warning shot

A Pentagon official says Iranian patrol vessels have fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel that was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, says the cargo ship’s master had initially refused an Iranian order to move further into Iranian waters, but after the warning shots were fired the MV Maersk Tigris complied.

Warren says the cargo ship has been boarded by Iranians, but no one has been injured and no Americans are involved.

Warren says the cargo ship issued a distress call and US Naval Forces Central Command, based in the area, sent a US destroyer and an aircraft to the area of the incident to monitor the situation.

— AP

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