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U.S. Boats Attack Iran Oil Tanker in Gulf -

TEHRAN (Reuters) - U.S. speedboats attacked an Iranian-registered Saudi oil tanker in the Gulf on Wednesday injuring two people, Iran's state television reported.
Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador, whose country represents U.S. interests in Iran, later on Wednesday to deliver Tehran's ``strong protest'' and demand explanation, it said.

The television did not give any details on the attack.

The Swiss envoy told an Iranian Foreign Ministry official that the American boats had mistaken the tanker for an Iraqi vessel smuggling oil, according to the television.

U.S. forces are patrolling the Gulf to enforce sanctions imposed on Iraq by the United Nations after Baghdad's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.