Libya mistakenly shot down US drone, says officials

PTIUpdated: Monday, November 25, 2019, 07:50 PM IST
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Cairo: Officials from an armed group fighting for control of Libya's capital say a US military drone was shot down last week by mistake. The self-styled Libyan National Army has already said it shot down an Italian drone in recent days.

The US military hasn't given a reason for its drone's loss, and refused to comment Monday.

The Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, is allied with a rival Libyan government based in the country's east. It's been trying to capture Tripoli since April.

The LNA officials say they mistook the U.S. drone for a Turkish-made drone used by the Tripoli forces. The LNA imposed a "no-fly zone" over Tripoli on Saturday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to brief the media.

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