US Navy Intercepts Vessel Transiting From Iran With Chemicals Used For Explosives
Sumaira FH Published January 24, 2022 | 04:00 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 24th January, 2022) The US Navy's 5th Fleet says it has intercepted a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman that was carrying chemicals used to create explosives.
"Guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) and patrol coastal ship USS Chinook (PC 9) interdicted the stateless vessel transiting from Iran in waters outside of any state's territorial sea along a route historically used to traffic weapons to the Houthis in Yemen," the 5th Fleet said in a Sunday statement.
According to the US Navy, this same ship was interdicted in February 2021 off the coast of Somalia and weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, light machine guns, heavy sniper rifles, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers were seized.
"During a flag verification boarding and subsequent search, U.S. forces discovered 40 tons of urea fertilizer, a chemical compound with agricultural applications that is also known to be used as an explosive precursor," the 5th Fleet said.