UK media says armed suspects believed to have seized ship in Gulf of Oman

British media reports say that the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess appears to be ship that was seized in the Gulf of Oman.

Sky News quotes an unidentified security source saying eight or nine armed suspects have apparently boarded the ship.

“It was an unauthorized boarding in the Gulf of Oman,” the source says.

A reporter at The Times cites British sources saying the current assumption is that Iranian forces or one of its proxies are aboard the vessel.

Reuters also quotes maritime sources saying Iranian-backed forces are believed to have seized the tanker.

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