UPDATED FROM FOX NEWS:
Breaking News: The Iranian Navy has fired shots at a commercial container ship in the Persian Gulf, according to a senior Defense Department official. http://fxn.ws/1DxkXCi
Posted by Fox News on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
UPDATED: CNBC REPORTS
Conflicting reports that a U.S. cargo ship may or may not have been seized by the Iranian military in the Persian Gulf roiled markets on Tuesday morning.
The Pentagon later reported that the Maersk Tigris did not have any U.S. citizens aboard and was traveling through the Strait of Hormuz when the incident occurred.
Al Arabiya, the Saudi news network, initially reported that a U.S. vessel has been fired on and steered to the Bandar Abbas port by Iran. Iran’s Fars News Agency also reported that an “American trade vessel” had been confiscated.
The Iranian Navy has reportedly seized a US ship with 34 crew members on board, for violating Iran’s waters in the Persian Gulf. An Iranian warship is taking the vessel to the city of Bandar Abbas, Fars and Al Arabiya report.
According to Al Arabiya, the Iranian Navy opened fire in the direction of the ship before seizing it.
The nationalities of the crew members are unknown.
An Iranian force has seized a US cargo ship with 34 crew on board and directed it to an Iranian port, the Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya has reported.
The Iranian navy has seized a US cargo ship and escorted it to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, media reports say.
There has been no official confirmation of the incident from either Iranian or American officials.
Reports say the vessel had 34 crew aboard at the time.
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said the vessel had been detained “for trespassing on Iran’s territorial waters”.
Al Arabiya News Report:
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Iran has fired at a U.S. cargo ship and has directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported on Tuesday.
Up to 34 American sailors are believed to be onboard the ship, Al Arabiya reported.
TIMES OF ISRAEL REPORT:
US Navy called in after Iran fires at cargo ship in gulf
Pentagon says Iranian navy sent warning shots at Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris, denying reports Iranian navy took over US cargo ship and detained crew
Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel that was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.
The comment came after a Saudi report claimed Tehran had captured a US ship and detained 34 soldiers aboard.