Limburg tanker bombing

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The Limburg tanker boming involved the october 6, 2002 bombing of the Limburg, a French oil tanker.

On that day, the ship was carrying 397,000 barrels of crude oil from Iran to Malaysia. While it was stationed in the Gulf of Aden off of Yemen to pick up more oil, a small dinghy laden with bombs rammed into the starboard side of the tanker and detonated. The ship caught on fire and approximately 90,000 barrels of oil leaked out. A 38-year old Bulgarian crew member named Atanas Atanasov died, and other crew members were injured.

The ship's fire was put out. It was towed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates four days later.

The damage was worth about 45,000,000 United States dollars.

Al Qaeda had claimed responsibility for the attack on the Jehad.net website, which had since been shut down. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who also planned the USS Cole bombing, is thought to have been the mastermind of the attack. Although Yemeni officials claimed that the explosion was the result of an accident, later investigations found traces of TNT on the damaged ship.

fr:Bombardement de Limburg

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