Indian fisherman denies US claims, says boat fired without warning

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A US Navy supply ship opened fire at their small
boat off the cost of Dubai, killing 1 fisherman and
injuring 3. Photo©Google map   
Dubai:An Indian fisherman who survived in gunfire from a U.S. Navy boat off the coast of the Persian Gulf has told officials that his crew did not receive any warning before the attack.

The US on Tuesday has regretted the loss of life of an Indian fisherman in a US Navy ship firing incident in Dubai and assured full probe to India, which termed the killing as "unfortunate".

One Indian was killed and three others were wounded Monday when the U.S. Navy refueling ship fired on the fishing vessel.  U.S. officials say the small boat had ignored repeated warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. vessel.

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said Tuesday it was unfortunate that a fisherman was killed in the incident.  He said his government is in contact with India's ambassadors in Washington and Dubai and that the United Arab Emirates is investigating the incident.

Reportedly, the United States has been expanding its forces in the Gulf as it seeks to increase pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
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