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Limburg oil tanker attacked

Suicide Attack

Limburg oil tanker attacked

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Means of AttackSuicide boat
TargetMV Limburg, 157,000-ton crude oil tanker
LocationArabian Sea
Time Oct. 6, 2002
Victim Deaths12
Victim Injuries42
Attacker Deaths1-2
ParticipantsAbd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (Organizer) 1, Osama bin Laden (Organizer) 1, Fawaz al-Rabihi (Facilitator)
ParticipantsMohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal (Facilitator) , Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi (Facilitator)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableA small boat rammed the MV Limburg off the coast of Yemen, damaging its hull and killing on Bulgarian crewman. Some oil escaped, but the vessel remained seaworthy.

The attack is significant because it marks al-Qaeda's first successful strike against an oil target.

It was believed to have been carried out by al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen.1
1'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
2'Counterterrorism 2006.' Calendar published by National Counterterrorism Center.
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