Iran’s Revolutionary Guards pirates hijack foreign tanker in Persian Gulf
A foreign ship was intercepted and hijacked by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran’s coast, the bottleneck point for maritime traffic from the Persian Gulf.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have “seized” a “foreign vessel,” saying it &ldquo was;smuggling” one million liters of fuel, the Islamic Republic’s media reported.
According to a statement aired by Iranian state TV, on July 14 the ship was seized. The IRGC wouldn’t normally provide information regarding the ownership of the vessel, but said were 12 crew members up to speed when it had been detained there.
The ship involved could be the UAE-owned, Panamanian-flagged MT ‘Riah,’ sunday while passing the strait and was presumed captured by the IRGC which went missing last. Tehran earlier insisted the ship had experienced a technical malfunction and was towed into Iranian waters for repair.
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