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Iranians Sink Friendly Tanker

February 04, 1988|United Press International

MANAMA, Bahrain — A Panamanian freighter crippled by Iranian gunboats sank today in a busy shipping lane off the United Arab Emirates, creating a hazard for other vessels plying the shallow waters, a shipping source said.

The 9,112-ton freighter MV Mare, which was operating in Iranian service, sank near the United Arab Emirates today after it was mistakenly attacked by Iranian gunboats and set ablaze and drifting in the gulf Saturday. Also today, Baghdad radio reported Iraqi warplanes set an Iranian tanker ablaze in the Persian Gulf. In London, Lloyd's Shipping Intelligence Unit identified the target as the 25,651-ton Mokran, owned by the Iranian government tanker company.

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