Unmanned US drone crashes on Seychelles

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The Independent Online

An American military drone, which had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast, has crashed at an airport on the Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said yesterday.

The US embassy in Mauritius said the unmanned US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper was not armed and that the crash caused no injuries. The crash sparked a fire that was quickly extinguished.

Yesterday's crash follows last week's claim by Iran that it seized a drone identified as the RQ-170 Sentinel. Tehran said it was captured over the country's east. The drone was displayed on state TV.