India test-fires nuclear-capable missile

November 19, 2006 10:35

India on Sunday successfully test-fired a medium-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads from its missile-launching station in the eastern coastal state of Orissa, a defense ministry official said. The Prithvi missile was fired into the Bay of Bengal from the test range in Chandipur, the official said on condition of anonymity, as he is not allowed to reveal his identity under ministry rules. India's Prithvi test comes three days after rival Pakistan carried out a similar test of its nuclear-capable Ghauri missile, also known as the Hatf 5.

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