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Iranian media announces downing of unidentified drone

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Iranian forces shot down a drone belonging to a foreign country on Friday, state news agency IRNA reported, quoting an Iranian official.

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“The downed drone definitely belonged to a foreign country. Its wreckage has been recovered and is being investigated,” the governor of Irans southern Khuzestan province, Gholamreza Shariati, said, according to IRNA.

Iranian media earlier reported that the army had shot down a drone over the Gulf port city of Mahshahr in Khuzestan province, without providing further details.

The official and Iranian news outlets did not say whether it was a military or civilian drone, or from which country it came.

There was no immediate comment from the United States or Irans arch foe Israel.

“It was downed over Irans airspace with the armys domestically made Mersad surface-to-air missile,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency said.

Irans Arabic-Language al-Alam TV channel said: “Residents of Imam Khomeini port city heard the sound of a missile being fired on Friday morning”.

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