M. Star: 2 small vessels in the purported attack?
Two small unidentified ships were near the Japanese tanker that was damaged in a suspected attack in the Strait of Hormuz in late July.
The two small ships changed directions many times and made other suspicious moves, raising the possibility that they may have been involved in the purported attack.
The Japan Transport Safety Board, a body under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the state-run National Maritime Research Institute are currently analyzing the radar images left in the tanker's data recorder, the sources said.
The National Police Agency's National Research Institute of Police Science is also checking substances collected from the damaged part of the tanker to see if they were components of an explosive.
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