Iranian media: Two large explosions target tankers in the Gulf of Oman

A UK maritime safety group is warning that an unspecified incident has taken place in the Gulf of Oman and is urging “extreme caution” amid heightened US-Iran tensions.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, put out the alert early on Thursday. It did not elaborate but said it was investigating.

Cmdr. Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said his command was “aware” of a reported incident in the area. “We are working on getting details,” Frey told The Associated Press.

The incident comes as Iranian media claimed – without offering any evidence – that there had been an explosion in the area targeting oil tankers.

Thursday’s maritime alert comes after what the US has described as Iranian attacks on four oil tankers nearby, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Iran has denied being involved.

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