19 killed in Iran naval ‘friendly fire’ incident

Nineteen sailors have been killed and 15 others wounded in a “friendly fire” incident involving two Iranian naval vessels, the navy has said.

Iranian state media reported that a new anti-ship missile being tested by the frigate Jamaran hit the light support ship Konarak on Sunday in the Gulf of Oman.

The accident happened during a training exercise near the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran’s armed forces regularly hold exercises in the strategic waterway.

The incident happened near the port of Jask, some 1,270km (790 miles) south-east of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman.

The Jamaran and Konarak are said to belong to naval forces of the Iranian military

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