US ship confronts boats in Gulf + Iranian Boats shot at by U.S. Navy (video)

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Al Jazeera English
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008
22:43 MECCA TIME, 19:43 GMT

A cargo ship hired by the US military has reportedly fired warning shots at approaching boats in the Gulf.

According to American defence officials, the Westward Venture cargo ship chartered by the US defence department was travelling in the Gulf when two unidentified small boats approached the vessel on Thursday.

Lydia Robertson, a spokeswoman for the US navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said that after the boats failed to respond to radio queries and a warning flare, the ship’s security team fired “a few bursts” of machine gun and rifle warning shots.

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Iranian Boats shot at by U.S. Navy

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