A fleet of US Navy cruisers transits the Strait of Hormuz. File AFP
Gulf Today report
A cargo vessel has been hijacked by possible gunmen in the waters of the Arabian Sea on Tuesday.
A UK maritime security agency reported a "potential hijack" on a vessel off the coast of the UAE.
It is noteworthy that the incident took place five days after an attack on a tanker. Two people were dead in the attack.
Media sources said that the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess was targeted.
Initially the incident was treated as a "non-piracy" incident, but later things took a drastic turn.
A marine traffic website which tracks all cargo vessels said that it was an asphalt and bitumen tanker.
Industry sources that vessel was travelling to Sohar, a port on Oman.
The attack took place at the Strait of Hormuz.
The Strait is considered one of the world's busiest waterways.
On July 30th, a marine tanker for oil derivatives called MV MERCER STREET, with the flag of the Republic of Liberia, was attacked outside Omani territorial waters.
The attack targeted the tanker just northeast of the Omani island of Masirah, over 300 kilometres southeast of Oman’s capital, Muscat.
The attack resulted in the death of two crew members.
The ship is reported linked to Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.
Oman affirmed its constant keenness to harness all capabilities to maintain the security and safety of traffic in the Omani territorial sea, and the ability of all concerned authorities in the Sultanate to do everything that would lead to the safety of navigation in the Omani territorial sea.
The video, published on Thursday on the US Central Command's website, purports to show the crew of an Iranian patrol boat removing an object from the hull of a vessel whose markings appear to match archive footage and pictures of the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous.
A bus driver behind the death of 17 and injury of 13 vacationers confessed to manslaughter at the Dubai Traffic Court on Tuesday.
The world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday, as the Security Council prepared to meet to discuss suspected attacks on two oil tankers in a strategic sea lane.
The Kremlin is expected to move immediately to absorb the regions once the voting is over, with President Vlaidmir Putin expected to declare their incorporation into Russia later this week.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said earlier that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered an investigation into the audio leaks allegedly from PM House that features government officials.
Blinken's comments came after India's defence and foreign ministers opposed a US decision to provide a support package of about $450 million for Pakistan's fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets.
The ceremony started at 2:00 p.m. (0500 GMT), with Abe's ashes carried into the Nippon Budokan Hall in central Tokyo by his widow, Akie, to music from a military band and the booms of the honour-guard salute, which echoed inside the hall.