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Indians seek compensation from Pentagon US ship fired on boat off UAE in 2012

 DUBAI, Feb 19, (RTRS): Three Indian fishermen injured when a US naval ship fired on their boat off the United Arab Emirates in 2012 are launching a civil case against the Pentagon to seek compensation, their lawyers said on Wednesday. One Indian was killed and the three others injured when the USNS Rappahannock, a refuelling ship, fired on the fishing vessel, which the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet said approached at high speed and ignored repeated warnings.

One of the fishermen, Muthu Kannan, said he suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and had his lower leg wired into place with metal rods, but was able to return to work in Dubai. “The others with me were really badly injured and are still unemployed in India,” he told Reuters. The fishermen said at the time of the July 2012 incident they received no warning before the US vessel opened fire, and that their craft had attempted to avoid any contact with it. A spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet said at the time nonlethal measures were taken while attempting to signal to the vessel, which did not respond. The security team then fired, he said.

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