Iranian missile fired during training exercise Hits Support Ship, killing 19 sailors

Iranian missile fired during training exercise Hits Support Ship, killing 19 sailors
Iranian missile fired during training exercise Hits Support Ship, killing 19 sailors

According to a report released on Monday, during a training exercise, an Iranian missile opened fire on a support ship in the Gulf of Oman, killing 19 sailors and injuring 15 others.

The missile hit Konark, a Hendigen-class support ship, which Iranian media reported was too close to a target during the exercise. The incident was called an accident.

The missile fired ship was a mauze-class frigate named Jamran. Iran's Tasnim news agency said the missile allegedly hit the Konark ship.

The state news agency IRNA reported that about a dozen sailors were injured.

Konark was setting targets to fire other ships. The Dutch-built 155-foot ship was overhauled in 2018 and was capable of launching sea missiles. It normally has a crew of about 20 sailors and has been in service since 1988 with a capacity of 40 tons.

The incident occurred near the port of Jask, about 790 miles southeast of Tehran.

Iran regularly practices in the region, near the strategic strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf, through which 20 percent of the world's oil passes.

After the attack, the ship was moved to a nearby naval base. A photo released by the Iranian army shows the burning mark and some damage to the ship.

According to Reuters, Iran's student news agency ISNA said, "The circumstances of the incident are undergoing technical investigation."

The US Navy's 5th Fleet America, which monitors the region, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Iranian media rarely reports incidents during its practice. The incident also occurs during months of intense tension between Iran and the United States.

This is the second serious incident involving a missile fired by the Iranian armed forces this year. In January, after attacking the US military in Iraq with ballistic missiles, Iran's paramilitary revolutionary guards accidentally shot down a Ukrainian plane and killed all 176 people.

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