Iranian media reported today that in December the Turkmen naval vessels opened fire on an Iranian fishing boat, killing one of the fishermen, sinking the boat and took the surviving fishermen into custody. IRNA said as yet “there is no exact information and the fate of the crew.” (IRNA/Radio Free Europe, 1 February)
IRNA, the official Iranian news agency, today called the attack and detention of Iranian citizens a move “contrary to international law.” IRNA did not explain why it released the news of the incident after nearly two months, which was coordinated with other Iranian media that released the story today. There were also no information whether the body of the fisherman killed in the attach has been returned to Iran.
File photo: A Turkmen warship on the Caspian Sea coast; September 2012 (AFP/RFURL)