June 17, 2019 / 9:04 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. military releases new images from oil tanker attacks

A U.S. military image released by the Pentagon in Washington on June 17 shows what the Navy says is 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 and photographed by the U.S. military the following day on June 14, 2019. U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Monday released new images it says showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) removing an unexploded limpet mine from a Japanese-owned tanker that was attacked on June 13 in the Gulf of Oman, as Washington blames Tehran for the attack.

“Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine,” the U.S. military’s Central Command said in a statement explaining the still-images.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler

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