Iran says it shot down a US spy plane over nuclear site

By REUTERS
July 20, 2011 13:05

Revolutionary Guard air defense units shoot down UAV flying over city of Qom near Fordu uranium enrichment site, Iranian MP quoted as saying.

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An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft in Iraq.

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Iran has shot down an unmanned US spy plane over its Fordu nuclear site, a state-run website reported on Wednesday, a day after it confirmed it was installing a new generation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges.

"An unmanned US spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site was shot down by the Revolutionary Guards' air defense units," MP Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari was quoted as saying by the Youth Journalists Club, affiliated to Iran's state TV.

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"The plane ... was trying to collect information about the site's location ," he said, without giving details. He did not say when the incident happened.

In January Iran announced it had shot down two unmanned western reconnaissance drone aircraft in the Gulf.

The Pentagon denied that report but acknowledged some spy planes had crashed in the past due to mechanical failure.

The Fordu site, secretly built inside a mountain bunker near Qom, was acknowledged by Iran only after Western intelligence agencies identified it in 2009.

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