19 Iranians Killed, 15 Injured After Navy Vessel Hit by Friendly Fire

Some 19 Iranians have been killed and 15 others injured after an Iranian Navy vessel was reportedly hit by friendly fire during a naval exercise in the waters off of the Jask Port in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday.

The IRGC-affiliated Tasnim News Agency reported that 19 soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded in an “accident” involving the Konarak support vessel during a naval exercise on Sunday. Two of the wounded are in intensive care units and the others are in stable condition, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency. 

The Iranian military stressed that the incident was being investigated by “expert teams” and that “any speculation” about the incident should be avoided. 

Initial reports from Iran stated that the frigate Konarak was “sunk” by a missile fired by Iran’s Jamaran frigate resulting in a number of Iranian soldiers being killed or missing, according to Radio Farda. Some reports indicated dozens of injuries and deaths, with about 40 military personnel estimated to have been on board at the time.

Some reports indicated that the Konarak had brought a target to the area for the test launch of a cruise missile, but was not completely out of the way before the missile was filed.

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