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October 7, 2002

France starts inquiry into Limburg explosion
French authorities have opened a judicial inquiry to determine the origin and nature of the explosion aboard the French super tanker Limburg in Yemeni waters on Sunday.

The inquiry is being undertaken by the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST), the French counter-espionage agency.

The legal basis for the DST's jurisdiction in the matter is that the ship was flying the French flag and the presence on board of French crew members.

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