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Drone aircraft of Pakistan Navy crashes near Karachi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 19, IRNA -- A spokesman for Pakistan Navy said Tuesday that an unmanned aircraft of the Navy crashed in the port city of Karachi. There was no casualty.

TV channels earlier reported that a remote-control aircraft crashed on an oil refinery in the port city of Karachi, which caused fire.

A Pakistan Navy spokesman said the drone crashed after a bird hit it in the air over Korangi area.

There was no report of any casualty and damage on the ground, police said.

There was no independent confirmation of the police claim as journalists were not given access to the area.

The navy spokesman said the unmanned spy aircraft was on a routine monitoring mission in the area.

Pakistan Navy has increased monitoring after militants attacked the Navy's main air station in Karachi in May which killed 10 navy personnel. The navy use these aircraft for photography.

Local media reported the aircraft crashed in highly sensitive area were three major oil storages are located.

Rescue teams were sent to the area to check if any one was hurt on the ground, police said.

Fire fighters were called and they controlled the blaze after some time, police said.

Police said earlier they were investigating if it was an act of terrorism as it crashed in a sensitive area as the area is no-fly zone because of big oil storages.



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