US alleges tanker hit by mine resembles Iran’s

Fujairah (UAE), June 19 

A Japanese-owned tanker attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week was damaged by a limpet mine resembling those used by Iran, the US military said Wednesday, as the Islamic republic slammed accusations against it.

Commander Sean Kido of US Naval Forces Central Command said the mine used in the attack “is distinguishable and it is also strikingly bearing a resemblance to Iranian mines that have already been publicly displayed in Iranian military parades”.

Iran's Defence Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami flatly rejected allegations the Islamic republic was behind the two tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman. — AFP

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