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Video show flames, ash, and charring on oil tanker after suspected torpedo attack in Gulf of Oman

Its crew was evacuated after the incident began

Photo: ISNA

Video of the aftermath of an alleged torpedo attack show flames, ash, and charring on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman.

The imagery shows the Front Altair, a tanker owned by the Norwegian company Frontline.

It is not clear exactly what happened to leave the tanker so badly damaged. It had been chartered by Taiwan's state oil-refining company, CPC, which said the ship was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo." According to the Reuters news agency, the ship was carrying 75,000 metric tons of petrochemicals.

Press TV, a broadcaster funded by the government of Iran, posted aerial footage of the fire on Twitter.

The ship is one of two that was allegedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

The second ship was the Kokuka Courageous, which is operated by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. It was also evacuated. The company said that the hull was damaged, and one crew member was "slightly injured."

The ship's manager told Reuters the ship was damaged in a "suspected attack."