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US surveillance drone crashes in Pak town bordering Afghanistan

Quetta, Fri, 26 Aug 2011 ANI

Quetta, August 26(ANI): A US surveillance drone has crashed near the Frontier Corps (FC) Cantonment in Chaman, a Pakistani town bordering Afghanistan.


Confirming the crash of the US drone, Frontier Corps officials said it was Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) measuring 4 metres wide and 3 metres long, having two cameras.


It fell 300 metres east of the Frontier Corps Balochistan fort, with the site of the crash being approximately 2 kilometres inside Pakistani territory, they added.


The officials also confirmed that the UAV had been doing surveillance over Pak-Afghan border areas for about an hour, but crashed due to technical fault, The Nation reports.


Denying that Pakistani forces shot US pilot aircraft, they expressed concern over the intrusion of American spy aircraft inside Pakistan's airspace.


They also said the crashing, which they suspected took place at 7:00 pm approximately, did not cause any damage to life and property.


On the other hand, the local residents of Chaman said that the spy aircraft was hovering over the border region from 5:00 pm in the evening, and after remaining in the air for two hours, it was either brought down or crashed due to technical fault.


"We witnessed the aircraft at 5:00 pm in the air, but could not judge whether it was in Pakistani or Afghan air space, however, we suspect that it was brought down when entered into Pakistan side," said one Atta Mohammad. (ANI)


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