Commander Sean Kido, of US Naval Forces Central Command, said in press statement on Wednesday, June 19th, that the Japanese tanker attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week was damaged by a limpet mine resembling those used by Iran, according to AFP.
The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, loaded with inflammable materials, was attacked while crossing the Gulf of Oman along with the Norwegian-operated Front Altair.
The attack was the second of its kind in a month in the strategic shipping lane.
Kido told reporters during a press conference in the UAE emirate of Fujairah that the US military had managed to get information on the attack including “hand and finger prints”.
This information "can be used to build a criminal case", Kido said as the US Navy took journalists on a tour to the damaged ship, currently docked some 14 kilometres (nine miles) off Fujairah.
The explosion on the Japanese-owned tanker left a metre-wide (three-foot) hole in its hull.
Members of the crew were on board when journalists arrived for the tour and they waved when they left.
Meanwhile, Iran's Defence Minister, Brigadier-General Amir Hatami, rejected allegations that Iran was behind the two tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.