Warship fires on village by mistake

MOSCOW Fri May 29, 2009 12:37pm EDT

Russian warships open fire during a presentation during Navy Day celebrations in a file photo. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Russian warships open fire during a presentation during Navy Day celebrations in a file photo.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian navy said on Friday that one of its anti-submarine ships had fired artillery at a village by mistake, state RIA news agency reported.

The navy said no-one had been injured when a small anti-submarine ship on Thursday opened fire on a village in the Vyborg region of St Petersburg.

"On the 28 May, a small anti-submarine ship from the Baltic fleet was working on a host of exercises in the gulf of Finland including artillery fire at aerial targets," RIA quoted a navy spokesman as saying. "No-one was injured."

Russia's navy has been plagued by a series of mishaps since the collapse of the Soviet Union, including the Kursk submarine disaster in 2000 in which 118 sailors died.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Richard Williams)

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