Al Qaeda targets oil tankers in Gibraltar
Terror chiefs have called on militants to destroy tankers bound for the west by ramming them with boats laden with explosives or by hijacking the ships and running them aground.
An attack would cause “phenomenal” reaction around the world and help ramp up oil prices, shipping rates and maritime insurance as well as military spending.
British oil workers in the Middle East are also legitimate targets according to the new Al Qaeda magazine, Resurgence, released last week.
A spokesman for the Government of Gibraltar told the Sunday Express: “This is not the first time that threats have been made to target merchant shipping passing through the Straits of Gibraltar.
“Defence and security in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters is the responsibility of the United Kingdom Government and not of the Government of Gibraltar.
“Having said that, it is only to be expected that those responsible for security in the region will take every precaution possible.”
The Ministry of Defence confirmed last night it was aware of the threats and would act accordingly.
Every year 106,000 ships, including 5,000 oil tankers bound for the West, pass through the Strait.
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