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Members of the revolutionary guard attend the anniversary ceremony of Iran’s Revolution at the Khomeini shrine in the Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, February 1, 2012. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Saudi Arabia’s information ministry said on Monday saying that the Saudi navy has successfully captured three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from a boat seized last week as it approached the kingdom’s offshore Marjan oilfield.

“This was one of three vessels which were intercepted by Saudi forces. It was captured with the three men on board, the other two escaped,” a statement from the ministry’s center for international communications said.

“The three captured members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are now being questioned by Saudi authorities,” it said, citing a Saudi official.

The vessel, seized last Friday, was carrying explosives and intended to conduct a terrorist act in Saudi territorial waters, it said.

An earlier report from the Saudi Press Agency said the Saudi navy had fired warning shots at the two boats that managed to escape.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency claimed on Saturday that the vessel approaching Saudi borders was an Iranian fishing boat in the Gulf on Friday. It said the boat was allegedly one of two Iranian boats fishing in the Gulf that had been pushed off course by waves.