U.S. Navy SEALs take control of North Korean-flagged tanker Morning Glory from Libyan rebels in dramatic raid off coast of Cyprus

U.S. Navy SEALs stormed a North Korean oil tanker off the coast of Cyprus last night after it was stolen and held for ransom by a mob of armed Libyan rebels.

Under cover of darkness, the elite team of commandos swooped onto the The Morning Glory from a helicopter after tracking it down to a bolt hole some 18 miles southwest of the island nation.

A Pentagon spokesman said they were met with next to no resistance as they swept silently through the vessel’s corridors and cabins, arresting all inside. Nobody was injured in the operation.

The vessel was stolen from the port of Es Sider last month by Libyan anti-Government insurgents, who are demanding a greater share of oil wealth and autonomy from the country’s fledgling administration.

Video of ship being towed