Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group seizes another tanker in the Gulf, kidnaps 11 crew members
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group have seized another oil tanker in the Gulf and kidnapped its crew of 11 under the pretext of smuggling diesel to the United Arab Emirates, hours after the US accused Tehran of the attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field.
According to reports, the ship was carrying around 250,000 liters of fuel.
“It was detained near Iran’s Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf…the crew have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern Hormozgan province,” Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported, without elaborating on the nationalities of the crewmen.
The reported seizure coincided with raised international tensions following a weekend attack on a major oil installation in Saudi Arabia, Tehran’s longtime regional foe.
President Trump on Sunday evening tweeted that the US has “reason to believe that we know” who is responsible for the attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field and the country is “locked and loaded depending on verification.”
Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 drones from its territory in the attack, a senior Trump administration official told ABC News.