An al Qaeda linked militant group is now claiming a suicide bomber from its organization was responsible for an attack on a Japanese supertanker last week in the Strait of Hormuz.
In a statement posted on an Islamist website used by militants, the group, Brigades of Abdullah Azzam stated, “Last Wednesday, after midnight, the martyrdom-seeking hero Ayyub al-Taishan…blew himself up in the Japanese tanker M. Star in the Strait of Hormuz between the United Arab Emirates and Oman”.
- Supertanker blast scare blamed on “freak wave” (reuters.com)
- Blast hits oil tanker near Oman (bbc.co.uk)
- Owner: Oil tanker blast in Persian Gulf may have been an attack (chron.com)
- Explosion damages Japanese tanker in Strait of Hormuz (cnn.com)