Monday, January 7, 2008

Iranian speedboats swarm US navy vessels in Gulf

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Five Iranian speedboats swarmed three US navy ships as they transited the strategic Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, radioing a threat to blow them up, a Pentagon official said Monday.

"I'm coming at you and you will blow up in a couple of minutes," the official quoted the radio transmission as saying.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said no shots were fired during the encounter, which occurred Saturday in international waters as the three US navy ships transited the Strait of Hormuz.

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