Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has seized a foreign tanker near the Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf for carrying 700,000 litres of smuggled fuel, state media reported on Sunday.

The IRGC public relations office said in a statement that following consultations with the legal and judicial officials, the force seized the vessel in a surprise attack near the Farsi Island, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported.

The tanker was taken to Bushehr Port and its cargo was turned in to the National Oil Distribution Company of Bushehr province.

The country’s Press TV in its report said the tanker was smuggling fuel to some Arab countries.

The reported incident comes after Iran last month seized British-flagged tanker the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, saying it had collided with a fishing vessel, the BBC reported.

It seized the Panama-flagged MT Riah also in the same area in July.

Meanwhile, the US has blamed Iran for two separate attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in May and June – an allegation Tehran has denied.