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Missiles hit British tanker in Gulf; damage is minor

An unidentified warplane fired two missiles at a British tanker in neutral Persian Gulf waters Tuesday, according to shipping sources and officials of Lloyd's of London, the vessel's insurer. British Petroleum, which owns the vessel, said none of the crew were injured in the attack.

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One of the two missiles bounced off the deck, while the other hit oil loading equipment and caused a small fire, said shipping sources in Bahrain, about 70 miles south of the reported attack.

Shipping sources in Kuwait said the fire aboard the 133,000-ton British Renown was quickly extinguished by the crew.

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