US Says Video Shows Iran Removing Unexploded mine from Oil Tanker

The US military has released video it says shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one of the oil tankers attacked Thursday near the Strait of Hormuz.

The grainy black and white footage shows a small barge, believed to be a Revolutionary Guard patrol boat, with at least half a dozen people aboard, pull up to the tanker and take down the limpet mine, Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said.

It suggests that the Islamic Republic — who the US has blamed for the attacks — was seeking to remove evidence of its involvement.

US officials said earlier that the crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge reported they saw an unexploded limpet mine on the side of one of the tankers.

The US Navy ship had rushed to help the Kokuka Courageous, one of the two stricken tankers in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran.

Iran has denied being involved in the attack, calling it an “unfounded claim.”

Limpet mines, which are attached to a hull using magnets, also were suspected to have been used in an attack last month on four oil tankers. US officials also accused Iran of targeting the ships with limpet mines in that attack.

Author: Tamar Lapin

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