MUSCAT: Two oil tankers were hit in a suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman early on Thursday, causing oil prices to surge and raising the already heightened tensions in the Middle East.
The tankers were struck in the same area where the US accused Iran of using naval mines to sabotage four other oil ships in an attack last month.
The company said the ship was safely afloat.
Oil prices jumped by 4 per cent in response to reports of the attack.
The US Navy said it was helping to evacuate the two damaged tankers and the shipping companies said the crews of both ships were safe.