TEHRAN: The Iranian army says a missile strike on a naval vessel taking part in an exercise in the Gulf of Oman has
killed 19 sailors and wounded 15.
The statement Monday drastically raised the death toll in the incident Sunday.
Earlier Iranian state media reports said the Konarak, a Hendijan-class support ship, was too close to a target during an exercise on Sunday. The vessel had been putting targets out for other ships to hit. It said the missile struck the vessel accidentally.
The friendly fire incident happened on Sunday near the port of Jask, some 1,27 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman, state TV said.