Japanese oil tanker M. Star was subject last month to a terrorist attack, UAE inspectors said Friday, raising fears of a new campaign targeting global oil interests.
Numerous theories have surfaced for what damaged the Japanese oil tanker sailing between Oman and Iran on Thursday. Investigators say it may have been a sea mine, a pirate attack, or a collision with a submarine.
Some are pointing fingers at Iran, which has threatened to close off the strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions, for denting a Japanese oil tanker this week. Some 40 percent of the world's oil shipments pass through the strait.
Two people were killed in Oman when Cyclone Phet came ashore on Friday. The storm also halted oil and gas production in the small Persian Gulf nation.