Oil tanker attacked in Hormuz strait

April 01, 2014 - 5:35:19 am

DUBAI: Assailants on a speedboat near Oman opened fire on an oil tanker in a rare attack in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a seafaring body said.

In Sunday’s attack, “six persons in a skiff armed with a machine gun approached a tanker under way and fired twice towards the accommodation and bridge,” said the International Maritime Bureau.

The crew sounded the alarm and activated fire hoses before altering the vessel’s course, the IMB said on its website, adding the assailants then aborted their attack.

Separately, the Nato Shipping Centre said six assailants on a skiff armed with machine guns attacked a “merchant vessel” in the Strait of Hormuz, adding the vessel was now safe.

The attackers and the vessel were not identified, and it was unclear if both sources were referring to the same incident. The Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet could not immediately confirm the reports.