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Japanese tanker hit by explosion

An oil tanker has been damaged by an explosion after a suspected attack near the mouth of the Persian Gulf, its owners have claimed.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a shipping company based in Japan, reported there was no oil leak after the blast on the M. Star tanker, although one person had picked up a minor injury.

It says the ship was damaged due to "an explosion from a suspected attack from the outside" in the waters off Oman near the Strait of Hormuz. The strait leads into the Persian Gulf past Oman and Iran and is a travelling point for about 40% of the world's oil tankers.

The US Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet has launched an investigation into the incident.


From Belfast Telegraph