Merchant ship shot at in Strait of Hormuz: NSC

Unknown gunmen have shot at a merchant vessel as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman.

The unidentified ship reported being shot at twice on Sunday morning from close range from a speedboat carrying six people armed with machine guns.

The NATO Shipping Center (NSC) said the vessel repelled the attack with hoses and that the vessel and crew were safe, Reuters reported.

The incident reportedly happened on the Sea of Oman side of the Strait of Hormuz.

Attacks on ships in the Strait of Hormuz are rare unlike the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin, where Somali pirates commonly attack merchant shipping.

Iran and Oman share control of the vital oil and gas shipping route, which connects the Persian Gulf on the west to the Sea of Oman.

Statistically, the waterway is one of the world’s most important shipping lanes, through which some 35 percent of all seaborne-traded oil and 20 percent of all oil traded globally passes.


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