Saudi Arabia captures 3 Iranian Revolutionary Guards from boat

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Saudi Arabia said today that it captured three Iranian Revolutionary Guards aboard an explosive-laden boat heading to an oil platform in the Gulf.

"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.

It said one of the boats was subsequently seized and found to be "carrying weapons for a sabotage target".

There was no immediate indication whether the capture of the vessel was related to a maritime incident in the Gulf on Friday reported by Iranian media. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps immediately blamed Saudi Arabia for backing the Islamic State in the assault, which was the first time ISIS had ever hit Iran.

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

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"This Saudi move is not compatible with human principles and even assuming that the boats had crossed Saudi borders due to sea waves, they were not authorized to shoot at the Iranian boats", Tasnim news agency quoted Iran's Interior Ministry's Director General for Border Affairs Majid Aqa Babaei as saying.

Three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters at about 8:30 pm on Friday and "headed at speed towards platforms of (the) Saudi oil field of Marjan", a government statement said.

Shiite Iran and Saudi Arabia, the region's main Sunni power, are on opposing sides of some of the region's major crises.

Saudi Arabia has been trying to cement its ties throughout the Muslim world against the backdrop of higher tensions with its Iranian rival.

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