KANO: Soldiers and police Sunday manned checkpoints in Nigeria’s second largest city after coordinated bombings and gun battles killed 162 people in one of the deadliest attacks to hit the mainly Muslim north. A round-the-clock curfew imposed shortly aft

1 Min Read

TEHRAN: Seventeen people have died after a storm capsized a passenger boat off of Iran’s southern coast, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

The boat sank Saturday evening while sailing between Hormuz Island and the port city of Bandar Abbas on the mainland, the report said. Rescue teams saved five passengers.

The report says the boat began its 18-km journey despite a travel ban on light boats by shipping authorities, due to a storm with winds of 50 mph (80 kph).

An eyewitness told The Associated Press that most of the dead were senior citizens, members of a visiting tour to the island.

Every day dozens of passenger boats travel between Bandar Abbas and nearby islands near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, some 1070 km south of the capital Tehran.



Share This Article
AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology.
Leave a comment