10 Iranians detained in Kuwait accused of breaching border

    10 Iranians detained in Kuwait accused of breaching border

    Aug.14, Kuwait City: Kuwait coast guard detained 10 Iranian "infiltrators," accusing them of breaching border. But an Iranian official described them as fishermen and denied they were detained for violating the border.

    One of the Iranian men was wounded after refusing coast guard orders to surrender, Kuwait's Interior Ministry said in a statement published by the state-run Kuwait News Agency. The ministry released a photo on its website showing nine of the men on their knees with their hands behind their backs.

    Sunni-led Gulf countries have long accused Shiite Iran of meddling in regional affairs, primarily in Bahrain and Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Iranian-allied rebels for more than a year, report said.

    Iran's semi-official Fars news agency quoted Ali Hajatpour, deputy chief of Bushehr province's coast guard in southern Iran, as saying Iranian fisherman were detained in Kuwait because of a "quarrel." He was quoted Saturday as saying the dispute happened on Kuwaiti soil and that "their detention was not related to a border violation."

    The Oslo Times International News Network