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VIDEO: Iraqi forces detach and detonate limpet mine from tanker

PortandTerminal.com, January 5, 2021

BAGHDAD – Video has been released today showing Iraqi forces detonating a limpet mine that had been discovered attached to the MT Pola, a Liberian-flagged tanker sailing in the waters off the Iraqi port of Basra.

Iraq’s military on Saturday said that explosives experts with its naval forces had successfully dismantled the mine.

The discovery of the mine came amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s administration. No group has claimed responsibility for attaching the explosives to the vessel.

A limpet mine is a type of naval mine that attaches to the side of a ship, usually by a diver-member of special forces. It later explodes, and can significantly damage a vessel.

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