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Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone near border

Pakistan Air Force's indigenously built JF-17 Thunder fighter was used to destroy the Iranian drone, a security official said.   

Published: 22nd June 2017 02:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2017 02:21 AM   |  A+A-

AP file image of drone used for representational purpose only

By PTI

ISLAMABAD: An Iranian drone reportedly on a spying mission was shot down by a Pakistan Air Force fighter jet in the country's restive Balochistan province.     

Pakistan Air Force (PAF)'s indigenously built JF-17 Thunder fighter was used to destroy the Iranian drone, a security official said.     

The Iranian unmanned aircraft was destroyed on June 19 in Panjgur area, Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) said.     

The debris of the drone was found in Parom area of Panjgur district, said the official.     

"Pakistan shot down an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Panjgur sector on the Pakistan-Iran border. The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around three-four kms inside Pakistani territory," the FO said in a statement.     

"Pakistan has already shared the information about striking down of this drone with the Iranian authorities indicating that the drone was struck down by our security forces as it was unmarked and there was no prior information about its flight," it said.     

This was the second Iranian drone to be shot down as in the past, the US had downed an Iranian drone in Syria.   

Pakistan shares a 900-kilometre-long border with Iran which in the recent months has expressed concern over militants operating along the Pakistani border.

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