US Navy Says It Seized Alleged Iranian Ship Carrying Weapons in Arabian Sea

Monday, April 4, 2016
By Paul Martin

A US ship intercepted and seized a shipment of weapons that was reportedly being transported on an Iranian vessel in the Arabian Sea, US Department of Navy said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The cargo included 1,500 AK-47s, 200 RPG grenade launchers and 21.50-caliber machine guns, the Navy Department said.

“International naval forces operating in the waters of the Arabian Sea seized a shipment of illicit arms March 28, which the United States assessed originated in Iran and was likely bound for Houthi insurgents in Yemen <…> The US Navy Coastal Patrol ship USS Sirocco, operating as part of US Naval Forces Central Command, intercepted and seized the shipment of weapons hidden aboard a small, stateless dhow,” the statement reads.

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