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Blasts damage 2 ships in Gulf of Oman: Reports

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Two have been hit by explosions in the Sea of Oman, the Iranian reported on Thursday without citing any clear evidence.

Iran's cited local sources in as saying that two successive explosions were heard in the Sea of on Thursday morning.

At the same time, a maritime safety group also warned regarding an unspecified incident that took place in the Gulf of and urged for "extreme caution" in the region.

The UK's Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, put out an alert today in which it did not elaborate on the incident, but said it was investigating it, Al Jazeera reported.

Joshua Frey, a for the US Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said his command was "aware" of a reported incident in the area and is currently investigating the matter.

The incident comes one month after four tankers were sabotaged in the off the The previous incident was blamed on by the United States, which asserted that was almost certainly behind it.

However, since then there has been no response to that attack even though hosted three summits and urged unity against

Two of the tankers affected in May belonged to

The tankers affected today were reportedly flying and flags and were en route from the UAE and to and The incident took place as the tankers were allegedly off the coast of

The incident comes amid reports of strained relations between the and Iran that was heightened after deployed defence battery and a Navy ship in the

said that the deployment was in response to "indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces and interests.

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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 13:57 IST