The U.S. Department of Defense has said that U.S. Navy SEALs have successfully boarded and taken control of an oil tanker that was hijacked earlier this month at a Libyan port.
The tanker, the ‘Morning Glory’, was seized and under the control of three armed men.
The Navy SEALs carried out the mission approved by U.S. President Barack Obama early on Sunday morning.
According to the Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, the operation was requested by the Libyan and Cypriot governments, and was carried out in international waters just south of Cypress.
No injuries were reported during the raid.
“The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained from the Libyan port of As-Sidra,” said Kirby.