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Pakistan says it downed Indian surveillance UAV

01 November 2017

The Pakistani military announced on 27 October that it had shot down what it claimed was an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered Pakistani airspace across the line of control (LOC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir.Islamabad says it downed this UAV after it entered Pakistani airspace in the disputed region of Kashmir. (Via Twitter @OfficialDGISPR)Islamabad says it downed this UAV after it entered Pakistani airspace in the disputed region of Kashmir. (Via Twitter @OfficialDGISPR)

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the head of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the media wing of the Pakistani military – wrote on his official Twitter account: “Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri sector shot down by Pak Army shooters. Wreckage held.”

He also posted images of the downed UAV, which bore a label from Chinese UAV manufacturer DJI. The UAV appears to belong to the company’s Phantom series.

The LOC divides the northern region of Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, which is claimed in its entirety by both countries. Islamabad and New Delhi have frequently traded accusations of violating the 2003 LOC ceasefire on the ground and on a handful of occasions through the use of UAVs.

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