US compensates family of shot Indian fisherman

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Posted: Aug 08, 2012 11:43 AM
US compensates family of shot Indian fisherman

NEW DELHI (AP) — The U.S. government says it has paid compensation to the family of an Indian fisherman who was killed when a U.S. Navy ship opened fire on a small boat near Dubai last month.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Lee McManis in New Delhi says three fishermen who were wounded also were given financial assistance.

The embassy said the money would not influence the investigation into the July 16 shooting. McManis did not disclose the payment amounts.

The U.S. Navy said the fishermen's boat rapidly approached the refueling ship USNS Rappahannock near Dubai's Jebel Ali port, before the Navy vessel's gunners opened fire. One of the Indian survivors has said they received no warning.