Iran says 19 dead in Gulf of Oman friendly-fire incident

(VOVWORLD) - An Iranian missile fired during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman struck a support vessel near its target, killing 19 Iranian sailors and wounding 15, Iran’s state media reported on Monday. 

The Konarak, a Hendijan-class support ship taking part in the exercise, was too close to a target when the incident happened, the reports said.

The vessel had been laying targets for other ships when it was struck accidentally. The friendly-fire incident took place near the port of Jask, 790 miles south-east of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman.