Thursday 20 June 2019 8:48 am

US military drone shot down by Iranian missile in international airspace

A US military drone has reportedly been shot down in international airspace by an Iranian missile.

The MQ-4C Triton drone was targeted as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz, south of Iran, Reuters said, citing an unnamed US officer.

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This contradicts an earlier story by Iran’s state-run news agency. IRNA reported the country’s Revolutionary Guards shot a US “spy” drone in the province of Hormozgan.

The story identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk. The Guards said it was shot down when it entered Iran’s airspace.

However, a spokesperson for the US military’s central command said no US aircraft were flying over Iran on Wednesday.

Tensions in the region have increased since the US accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

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In a statement last week the US said Iranian forces were “observed and recorded removing an unexploded limpet mine” from one of the ships.

The U.S. military has in recent days confirmed an attempt by Iran to shoot down a U.S. drone last week. It also confirmed a successful shootdown of one on 6 June by Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen.