19 Sailors Killed after Being Struck by Iranian Missile During a Training Exercise

Iranian Army Said the Support Ship was Hit by a Missile in ‘Friendly-Fire’ Incident

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At least 19 sailors were killed and 15 others wounded after a missile struck their ship in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday, Iran’s army said.

The defense ministry said the Konarak, a Hendijan-class support ship, was struck by an Iranian missile during a training exercise.

The friendly fire happened near the port of Jask, about 790 miles southeast of Tehran.

The Konarak had been putting targets out in the water for other ships to fire on and had strayed too close to a target when it was hit.

“On Sunday afternoon, during an exercise by a number of the navy’s vessels in Jask and Chabahar waters, the Konarak light support vessel had an accident,” the army said in a statement. “The number of this accident’s martyrs is 19 and 15 have also been injured.”

The Konarak had been overhauled in 2018 and was able to launch sea missiles. The 47-metre (155-foot) vessel had been in service since 1988.