U.S. Says Group in Persian Gulf Attack Oil Tanker Still Active in Region
A group that claimed an attack on a Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz in July “remains active and can conduct further attacks,” the U.S. Maritime Administration said in an advisory on its website.
“Government and industry sources can confirm that the claim by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB) that the group had attacked the tanker M. Star is valid,” the Maritime Administration said in the advisory.
“Recommend all ships transiting the subject waters exercise increased vigilance and cuation, particularly during night transits with increased monitoring of small vessel/boat activity,” the Maritime Administration said.
The strait connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and is a transit point for tankers hauling oil from producers including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq and Kuwait.
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