The alleged missile strike couldn’t be independently verified. It wasn’t immediately clear if the holes in the ship’s hull were caused by missile strikes or mines, given the extent of damage claimed by the NITC. Mines have been used in recent months to sabotage other tankers in the region. The initial reports sent oil prices higher. Brent crude climbed 2.2% to $60.27 a barrel and WTI rose 1.9% to $54.58 a barrel on news of the attack. Iran didn’t immediately blame anyone for the alleged attack. “Examination of the details and perpetrators of this dangerous action continues and will be announced after reaching the result,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. Pictures on the official IRNA news agency website showed smoke rising from the hull of a ship and Iran’s oil ministry said the fire had been extinguished. But Iran’s oil ministry later said there was no fire […]