Iran seizes US ship, US Navy denies report

The US State department confirmed that Iranian patrol boats fired but denied that there were any people on board

Iran seizes US ship, US Navy denies report

World Bulletin / News Desk

A State Department official confirmed Tuesday that Iranian patrol boats fired on a cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz, but denied reports of Americans onboard. 

"According to information received from the vessel's operators, there are no Americans aboard," the official told The Anadolu Agency.

Al Arabiya News Channel claimed Tuesday that Iran fired on a U.S. cargo ship and directed it to the Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran. It also said as many as 34 American sailors are believed to be onboard.

But a Defense Department spokesman told The Associated Press that the ship was not an American ship. 

Iranian patrol boats fired at the bow of the Marshall Island-flagged MV Maersk Tigris and directed it to leave Iranian territorial waters, said Col. Steve Warren.

Iranian forces boarded the ship but there were no injuries reported, according to the colonel.

U.S. Navy Forces Central Command, or NAVCENT, directed the USS Farragut to patrol in the area closest to the location of Maersk Tigris, a Pentagon official told The Anadolu Agency. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Nisan 2015, 09:14