Watch: Iran Hijacks British tanker

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Dramatic footage shows balaclava-clad Iranian commandos hijacking a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Video released today captures the moment Tehran troops abseil onto the stricken ship with 23 crew on board last night.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched a gunboat and helicopter raid on the tanker, which is registered in the UK, claiming it had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings.

Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said in a Twitter message that the ship has been seized in Omani waters “in clear contravention of international law”.

Another vessel, the Mesdar, was also intercepted and forced towards Iranian territory in what appeared to be a co-ordinated strike.

Footage shows speedboats surrounding the stricken vessel before the commandos storm the ship.

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