Saudi Arabia Says Iranian Guards in Custody After Boat Seized

Saudi Arabia regularly accuses Shiite-dominated Iran of interfering in Middle Eastern countries and has suggested it is linked to instability in the kingdom's east where minority Shiites live

While the Saudi Press Agency stated that the Navy fired warning shots to ward off the vessels, Iranian media has a different picture of the events.

"The three captured members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are now being questioned by Saudi authorities", it said, citing a Saudi official. "It was captured with the three men on board, the other two escaped", the Saudi information ministry said Monday. They headed towards the platform of the oil field.

On Saturday, Iran accused the Saudi coastguard of killing one of its fishermen after two fishing boats may have strayed into Saudi waters.

Saudi Arabia did not say who it suspected in the disrupted attack.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stresses its determination to combat and eradicate terrorism and its sources, as a part of the country's permanent objective to protect its national security against any external aggression", SPA said. The head of border affairs at the Iranian interior ministry, Majid Aghababaie, said that the three people detained were fishermen from the southern Iranian port of Bushehr.

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"Saudi Arabia fired on two fishing boats, leading to the death of one of the fishermen", Aqababai said, according to the Young Journalists Club site.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and others severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar two weeks ago, accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran, "that aim to destabilise the region".

On Sunday, Iran has launched six ballistic missiles into Syria, targeting positions of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in retaliation for the twin attacks in Tehran earlier this month.

Saudi Arabia said Monday it had disrupted an attack on an offshore oil field.

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