A technical error is behind an incident in which a missile fired from an Iranian naval vessel hit another Iranian vessel, killing 19 soldiers and injuring 15 others, according to Radio Farda.
A website affiliated with the Iranian Army released the information in a video report on Monday, saying that a missile homing device malfunctioned and mistakenly guided the missile toward the Konarak support vessel that had been placing targets for the exercise.
Iranian television had reported earlier that the Konarak vessel had stayed to close to the target after placing it.
The video report on Monday added that it’s possible that the technical error was caused by “electronic warfare by the enemy” without specifying a possible source, according to Radio Farda. No evidence was provided for the claim and “the enemy” is often blamed by Iran for a variety of shortcomings or issues.
On Sunday, Mohammad Rastad, Managing Director of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), told Iran’s ILNA news agency that a cyber attack managed to damage a number of private systems at the Shahid Rajaei port near Bandar Abbas and the Strait of Hormuz in recent days.
Rastad stressed that operations had not been disrupted by the attack, despite earlier reports to the contrary and confirmed that the attack was carried out by a foreign entity, according to the Fars News Agency.
In statements issued since the deadly naval incident, Iranian officials have continued to refer to the deadly incident as an “accident,” without providing much further information.
A spokesman for the Iranian Army denied reports on Wednesday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps had shot the Iranian Navy’s Konarak vessel on Sunday, calling the reports “complete nonsense.