Tanker blast evidence points to Iran, says US

Tanker blast evidence points to Iran, says US
The attack on the tanker as it sailed past the Omani island of Masirah killed two people. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The US military’s Central Command has published the results of its forensic investigation into the fatal drone attack on a merchant tanker off Oman last week.

The report says explosives experts came to a conclusion that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was produced in Iran.

The evidence has been shared with explosives experts in Israel and the UK who concurred with the findings.

The drone attack on the Israeli-operated ship MT Mercer Street killed two people.

The ship’s Romanian captain and a British security guard lost their lives as the ship sailed past the Omani island of Masirah.

Britain, Israel, Romania and the United States, were quick to blame Iran which has denied any involvement. Tehran said if there was any proof behind the claim then it should be made public.

Now a statement from Centcom has shed focuses on what it says its investigation has revealed.

An explosive investigations team from the USS Ronald Reagan, US Navy’s aircraft carrier, has examined the evidence left behind by the tanker attack.

After studying the explosive residue and interviewing the survivors, the researchers have concluded that the ship was targeted by three drones in all.

The first two, launched at the ship on the evening 29 July, missed their target. But the third drone, launched a day later, on Friday and loaded with a military grade explosive, hit the pilot house and exploded, killing the two people onboard and leaving a 2-metre diameter hole.

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