Iran seizes U.S. ship, 34 sailors


Iran has fired at a U.S. cargo ship and has directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported on Tuesday.

Up to 34 American sailors are believed to be onboard the ship, Al Arabiya reported.

(developing story)

Last Update: Tuesday, 28 April 2015 KSA 17:32 – GMT 14:32
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US denies Iran ship seizure report

The incident happened in the Straits of Hormuz, according to the Pentagon (file image of Iranian warship)

American officials have denied media reports that a US cargo ship had been seized by the Iranian navy.

The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV network had reported that a US vessel had been seized and taken to an Iranian port.

However, the Pentagon spokesman said the vessel involved was flagged to the Marshall Islands and that no Americans were on board.

The MV Maersk Tigris was moving through the Straits of Hormuz, according to the Pentagon.

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