Iranian gunboats fire on cargo ship in Persian Gulf

May 14, 2015 6:14 PM

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WASHINGTON — Iranian gunboats opened fire on a cargo ship in the Persian Gulf after attempting to force it into Iran's territorial waters, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

The Alpine Eternity, a ship flagged to Singapore, fled toward the shore of the United Arab Emirates, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Nobody was injured.

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