Iraq evacuates oil tanker after mine found

An Iraqi oil tanker has been evacuated after a mine was discovered attached to its hull, the military says, adding that a government explosives team is working to make the vessel safe.

The tanker was located in international waters about 52km offshore supplying another ship with fuel when the device was discovered on Thursday afternoon, the military said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear how the mine became attached to the tanker, which was being rented by an unidentified client from State Oil Marketer SOMO, the statement said.