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British Tanker Attacked in Gulf

September 21, 1987|Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain — A British-flag tanker was attacked and set afire today, apparently by Iranian gunboats off an Iranian-held island in the northern Persian Gulf, shipping salvage sources reported.

Two members of the crew were reported missing in the attack on the 102,799-ton tanker Gentle Breeze, the sources said. The ship was sailing empty en route to Kuwait when the attack occurred, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The attack took place about 9 p.m. about 20 miles west of the island of Farsi.

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