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September 18, 1986

Missiles fired by a suspected Iranian gunboat struck a Kuwaiti oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, igniting a blaze that was still raging 12 hours after the attack, the Kuwaiti News Agency reported. No crew members were injured in the attack, the agency said. Shipping executives said that radio communications from the tanker and other ships identified the gunboat as an Iranian naval vessel. Kuwaiti officials would not confirm the report, and there was no confirmation of the attack from Iranian news agencies.

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