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.”
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.
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.
Source: SKY NEWS