Mines used in tanker attacks ‘strikingly’ like Iran’s, US says

Pieces of mines recovered after attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman “strikingly” resemble Iranian mines, the US navy has said.

Officials showed what they described as evidence recovered from the tanker Kokuka Courageous to reporters at the US navy’s 5th Fleet base near Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates.

Commander Sean Kido, of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet also said the damage done to the vessel last week was “not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship.”

A picture taken from a US Navy helicopter said to show members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy removing an unexploded limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous
Image: A picture taken from a US Navy helicopter said to show Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members removing an unexploded limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous

That contradicts the ship’s owner, which quoted eyewitnesses aboard who saw two “flying objects” before the 13 June attack.

The US military previously released images it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) removing an unexploded limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous tanker.

Hull penetration and blast damage on the starboard side of the Japanese owned motor tanker vessel Kokuka Courageous, which was sustained from a June 13 limpet mine attack while operating in the Gulf of Oman
Image: A large hole was left in the starboard side of the Kokuka Courageous

Mr Kido, an explosives expert, added that Navy investigators have recovered fingerprints and a hand print from the side of the ship after the attack.

Iran has denied being involved in the attack.

The items included a fragment of a limpet mine and a magnet, US navy investigators said
Image: The items included a fragment of a limpet mine and a magnet, US navy investigators said

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Source: SKY NEWS

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