Iranian navy ship ’sunk by friendly fire

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An Iranian navy "friendly fire" incident in which a ship was sunk has killed dozens of sailors, unofficial reports say.

Local journalists said the frigate Jamaran was testing a new anti-ship missile which locked onto and hit Konarak, a logistical ship, the BBC reported.

Semi-official Iranian news agency Fars said one sailor was killed and several others injured in a "naval exercise".

It described the incident on Sunday near the Strait of Hormuz as a "crash".

According to the unofficial reports, Jamaran - operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) - fired the missile prematurely before Konarak had time to sail away from a floating target it had towed to a designated position.

Videos posted on social media show what are said to be injured sailors being transferred to ambulances.

In January, the IRGC mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane near the Iranian capital, Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

The incident came at a time of heightened tension with the US. Shortly before, Iran had launched a missile strike on an Iraqi base hosting US forces after an American drone strike killed IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

These tensions have continued to rise in recent months. The US has accused Iran of "harassing" its naval ships in the Persian Gulf.

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

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 11 May 2020 03:06 PM

    When monkeys are given dangerous weapons, this happens.

    Umagiliya Monday, 11 May 2020 08:12 PM

    What about the monkeys the global military industrial complex that profit in trillions by peddling arms and spreading conflicts around the globe?

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Monday, 11 May 2020 11:22 PM

    And these are the jokers who are trying to fight America!

    Ravindrakumar Tuesday, 12 May 2020 01:11 PM

    Ha,ha,haaaaaa,well said

    Lokusalli Tuesday, 12 May 2020 01:28 PM

    ..Umagiliya stop trying to defend the inept by your self righteous posturing ...wars ,weapons ,have been around as long as man has stood on two legs ...get used to it ...welcome to the world as it is .


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