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Two oil tankers reportedly attacked near Strait of Hormuz

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Two oil tankers sailing near the contested Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman were reportedly attacked early Thursday, resulting in damage to both vessels.

The Associated Press and CNN reported that the tankers, which were reported to be carrying cargo bound for Japan, suffered damage from explosions that the owner of one ship told CNN was caused "by some sort of shell."

 

A spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said that the events were being described as a "reported attack," and that a Navy destroyer had rendered assistance to both ships.

"We are aware of the reported attack on shipping vessels in the Gulf of Oman. 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. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) rendered assistance," read a statement on the Navy's website.:snip:

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