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Gulf of Oman tankers attacked: Live updates – CNN

Gulf of Oman tankers attacked: Live updates – CNN

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran is responsible for the attacks on two ships in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.“It is the assessment by the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today,” Pompeo told reporters at the US State Department.He continued:”This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”The two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman this morning were both hit “at or below the waterline, in close proximity to the engine room while underway,” according to the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko).”These appeared to be well-planned and coordinated,” Intertanko said.The crew of USS Bainbridge reported that they saw an unexploded limpet mine on the side of one of the ships attacked today in the Gulf of Oman, according to a US defense official familiar with the matter.What that means: A limpet mine is type of a mine that is attached to side of a hull using magnets. Limpet mines were also suspected d to be used in the May attack on four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE concluded that a “state actor” is the most likely culprit and chemical analysis of the debris recovered in May revealed “it was highly likely that limpet mines’ were deployed.”What happens now: Additional US navy ships are expected to head to the area in the coming hours for security, patrolling, helping mariners get back to port and potentially assist in arranging for tankers to be towed to port, the source said. CNN has obtained a satellite image that appears to show smoke rising from the Front Altair tanker after it was damaged in the Gulf of Oman attack.The strong glint on the water is caused by light reflecting.Take a look:  Maxar TechnologiesFirefighters working to extinguish the blaze aboard oil tanker Front Altair in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.The Front Altair oil tanker was one of two ships that were apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman Thursday.The Norwegian Maritime Agency said that three explosions were reported on board the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair oil tanker, which is owned by the Bermuda-based Norwegian company Frontline. The company said that a fire broke out after an explosion and that the cause of the blast was unclear.Here’s a look at the damage on Frontline’s oil tanker:The damaged oil tanker Front Altair in the Gulf of Oman.Two tankers were apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman Thursday, less than a month after four other ships were struck in the region.Here’s what we know about the apparent attack:The ships involved: The two ships — one carrying oil and the other transporting a cargo of chemicals — were struck in international waters near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz.What happened: Three explosions were reported on board the Marshall Islands-flagged “Front Altair” oil tanker, which is owned by the Bermuda-based Norwegian company Frontline, the Norwegian Maritime Agency said. The company said that a fire broke out after an explosion and that the cause of the blast was unclear. A second vessel, the Japanese-owned chemical tanker, “Kokura Courageous” was “attacked” twice “with some sort of shell” around 6:00 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET Wednesday), the ship’s co-manager Michio Yuube said.Condition of the crew: All crew members were evacuated and are safe, according to the owners of the two ships. The US Navy said it was providing assistance.Past oil tanker attacks: In May, four oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, an incident that the US suspected was the responsibility of Iran. Tehran denied any involvement in the earlier attacks. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said “suspicious doesn’t begin to describe” this latest incident.The United Nations Security Council is expected to discuss the attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, three diplomatic sources tell CNN. That meeting will be held at 4 p.m. ET.“If there is something the world cannot afford, it is a major confrontation in the Gulf region,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in a meeting earlier in the day.Jonathan Cohen, the US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, said the attacks are “unacceptable.” “It’s unacceptable for any party to attack commercial shipping and today’s attacks on ships in the Gulf of Oman raise very serious concerns. The US government is providing assistance and will continue to assess the situation,” he said.
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