Indian fisherman killed by US Navy off UAE coast
It has been confirmed that one person was killed and three others injured when a US Navy ship fired at an approaching fishing boat off the UAE.
However, why the boat approached the US refuelling ship, the USNS Rappahannock, on Monday was still unclear, US officials said.
The US Navy said the small motor boat ignored repeated warnings to halt its approach before a security team fired rounds from a .50-calibre machine gun.
UAE national news agency quoted a UAE Foreign Ministry official as saying the incident happened near the mouth of Jebel Ali Port.
Dr Tariq Ahmed Al Haidan, Assistant to UAE Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, said an Indian fisherman was killed and three others, also Indians, were seriously injured.
"The UAE concerned authorities are investigating the shooting incident," he added.
Small boats can pose a threat, even to large naval vessels. Two suicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden boat into the USS Cole in 2000, blowing a massive hole in its side and killing 17 sailors.
US Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement: "The US crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel's operators to turn away from their deliberate approach."
It said the incident was under investigation.