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Iran patrol boat fires at vessel

Published 28/04/2015

The incident happened in Iranian territorial waters
The incident happened in Iranian territorial waters

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, a US Pentagon official said.

Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said 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.

The cargo ship has been boarded by Iranians, but no-one has been injured and no Americans are involved, the spokesman said.

The 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.

Maersk, based in Copenhagen, said the ship was chartered to Rickmers Ship Management, based in Hamburg, Germany. Maersk said it had no information about the crew or the cargo.

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