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Video aftermath: Oil tankers attacked by suspected torpedo off coast of Iran near Strait of Hormuz

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter of the Fifth Fleet flies patrol as USS Abraham Lincoln transits through the Strait of Hormuz. February 14, 2012. (Cmdr. Daniel J. Walford/U.S. Navy)
June 13, 2019

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Two oil tankers were hit in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran on Thursday, one reportedly hit by a torpedo.

Here is a video posted to Twitter of one of the tankers on fire after the attack:

The Norwegian-owned Front Altair was allegedly hit by a torpedo, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets are reporting, and it was on fire in the Gulf.

The Kokuka Courageous tanker also suffered damages after a “suspected attack,” according to reports.

A country or group has not been named responsible for the attacks yet, but Iran was immediately suspected of having coordinated the hits. One of the tankers was carrying Japanese goods, and Iran and Japanese officials met today in Tehran.

The U.S. Navy on Thursday was responding to the scene and helping evacuate the tankers. It has been reported that both tankers’ crews and sailors are safe and accounted for.

“We are aware of the reported attack on shipping vessels in the Gulf of Oman,” a Navy spokesperson told The Telegraph. “U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local (Bahrain) time and a second one at 7:00 a.m. U.S. Navy ships are in the area and are rendering assistance.”

The White House said it would continue to assess the situation, according to reports.

The tankers were near the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most strategic, heavily trafficked waterways, where one-fifth of the world’s oil supply passes through.

The attacks also took place near the location where Iran was accused of sabotaging four tankers last month.