Published On: Sun, May 10th, 2020

Iran news: Iranian missile ‘mistakenly’ hits own ship killing sailor | World | News

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The friendly fire took place on Sunday near the port of Jask, which was around 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, state TV reported Monday. Elint news tweeted: “It is reported the Iranian Jamaran frigate accidentally fired on the Konarak support ship with an anti-ship cruise missile during exercises. The Jamaran is a Moudge-class frigate armed with 4 C-802 (Noor) anti-ship cruise missiles. This is likely what was launched.”

The Iranian navy said at least one sailor had been killed and several others were injured during the naval exercise, according to the National.

A statement on Iran’s central army website said this was being investigated and more information would be announced later.

Unofficial reports claimed Jamaran, which was operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), fired the missile too early, before Konarak had time to sail away from a floating target it had towed to a designated position.

Iran often carries out exercises in the region, which is closed to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, near to where 20 percent of the world’s oil passes.

Iran previously said it had increased patrols in the Gulf after the US Navy blocked the path of an Iranian vessel.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet monitors the region, but it has yet to comment.


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