İrem UZUN -TDO- Iranian Navy released an official statement, saying at least 19 sailors have been killed and 15 wounded after an Iranian missile fired during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman struck a support vessel near its target.
"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," said a statement on the army's website. It is not clear whether it was the result of human error or faulty equipment. “The scope of the incident is under investigation by experts,” the Navy said in a statement.
It is the second time in a year that Iran appears to have accidentally fired a missile at the wrong target with deadly consequences. In January, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down a Ukrainian Airlines passenger plane with two missiles, killing the 176 passengers and crew onboard. Iran blamed the shooting on human error.
Iran regularly holds exercises in the Gulf of Oman, which is closed to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, through which 20 percent of the world's oil passes. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet regularly monitors the region, however the U.S. has not made a comment on the accident yet.