DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A ship was reportedly attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, a British military group said on Friday, offering few further details.
The UK’s brief maritime trade operations statement said an investigation was underway into the incident, which it described as occurring late Thursday evening, just north-east of the Omani island of Masirah. The location is over 300 kilometers (185 miles) southeast of Oman’s capital, Muscat.
The statement did not give details other than to say that she suspected the attack did not involve piracy. Earlier Thursday, the British military group said it was investigating another unexplained incident in the same region, but did not elaborate.
Oman did not immediately acknowledge an attack and officials did not respond to requests for comment. The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which patrols the Middle East, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The incident comes amid heightened tensions over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal and as negotiations to re-establish the deal stalled in Vienna. Since then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the deal in 2018, there have been a series of ship attacks in the region believed to have been carried out by Tehran.