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US regrets Indian fisherman’s killing, assures full probe

New Delhi(PTI): The US today regretted the loss of life of an Indian fisherman in a US Navy ship firing incident in Dubai and assured full probe to India, which termed the killing as “unfortunate”.

India also noted that the UAE government has filed a case in the incident which was “proceeding according to the laws of that country.”

Shortly after officially confirming that a US Navy vessel fired shots at a fishing vessel near the port of Jebel Ali in Dubai, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell called Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai to convey her “regret for the loss of life and assured that the US Government would conduct full investigation”.

Terming the killing as “unfortunate”, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, in New Delhi, said the ministry was in touch with its Ambassador in Dubai M K Lokesh, who has raised the issue with the UAE government.

“I learned from Ambassador that government of UAE has filed a case in this incident and they are proceeding according to the laws of that country,” Krishna said and hoped that “necessary action” will be initiated by the US.

An Indian fisherman was killed and three others were wounded yesterday when a security team onboard a US Navy ship fired at their small boat off the Dubai coast.

The fishing boat had four Indians and two Emirate nationals on board when the incident took place at the docking point, according to an UAE official.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in New Delhi issued a brief statement claiming that the firing took place after “the vessel disregarded non-lethal warnings and rapidly approached the US ship.”

However, Lokesh contradicted the US claim. “According to the survivors, there were no warnings given to them,” the Indian Ambassador told PTI. He also said the three injured people are in hospital.

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