19 dead, Several Others Injured After Iranian Navy Accidentally Shot One Of Their Warships With Missile (Photos)

About 19 persons has been confirmed dead after the Iranian navy mistakenly shot down one of their warships while undergoing a training exercise.

19 dead, Several Others Injured After Iranian Navy Accidentally Shot One Of Their Warships With Missile
An Iranian warship and speed boats take part in a naval war game in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, southern Iran April 22, 2010. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards successfully deployed a new speed boat capable of destroying enemy ships as war games began on Thursday in a waterway crucial for global oil supplies, Iranian media reported.

At least 19 people have died after an Iranian destroyer accidentally opened fire on one of its own warships in a friendly fire accident, according to reports.

The accident happened during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman, killing 19 and leaving 15 injured.

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19 dead, Several Others Injured After Iranian Navy Accidentally Shot One Of Their Warships With Missile

The Jamaran, a frigate, had been attempting to hit a target with one of its Noor cruise missiles when it accidentally struck a support ship named Konarak instead. The Konarak had been placing targets for the Janaran to hit but remained too close to one of them causing the missile to lock on to it by mistake, state-run media said.

19 dead, Several Others Injured After Iranian Navy Accidentally Shot One Of Their Warships With Missile

The Iranian navy initially reported that one person had died and several were injured during a naval exercise.

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However, it has now emerged 19 people have died and several other naval service personnel are missing following the sinking, local media has claimed.

Unconfirmed posts on social media claimed dozens had been killed in a friendly fire incident during the exercise.

Local media has said the battleship was inadvertently hit by a C-802 Noor missile from Iran’s Jamaran frigate in the Gulf of Oman, causing it to sink.

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19 dead, Several Others Injured After Iranian Navy Accidentally Shot One Of Their Warships With Missile