News ID: 202228
Published: 0328 GMT October 11, 2017

Iran protests to Somalia over deadly boat shooting

Iran protests to Somalia over deadly boat shooting

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned Somalia for opening fire on an Iranian fishing boat and killing the captain of the vessel and injuring another sailor.

“Iran has conveyed its protest to Somalia in this regard through relevant channels,” Qassemi told ISNA on Wednesday.

He added that the ministry was seriously following up the issue.   

Last week, Somali regional officials said the Iranian captain of a fishing boat was killed and another sailor was injured after security forces opened fire on the vessel during an operation in the Indian Ocean, according to reports.

The officials claimed the shooting took place after maritime police forces in Puntland, an autonomous region in northeastern Somalia, spotted two boats suspected to be fishing illegally in Somali waters.

Colonel Mohamed Abdi Hashi of Puntland police said security forces opened fire on the boats when they ignored orders to stop and attempted to escape, adding that one boat was seized while the other fled.

He said he was not sure if Somali political leaders had made any contact with Iran about the incident.

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