Taiwan fires warning shots at drones

Taipei: Taiwan has fired warning shots at three unidentified drones that flew near its outlying islands.
It was not clear who was flying the drones, but all three were seen flying back towards the Chinese mainland, said Taiwan’s Defence Ministry, BBC reported.
It comes as Taipei has over the past weeks complained of Chinese drones flying close to Taiwan-controlled islets near the Chinese coast.
It is the first time warning shots have been fired at such drones.
The Kinmen Defense Command said three civilian drones were spotted on Thursday evening in Dadan, Erdan and Shiyu — three Kinmen County islets that are just a few kilometres away from the Chinese city of Xiamen, the BBC report said.
It added that it fired warning flares before eventually firing a live round at a returning drone. The drones eventually headed towards Xiamen.
There was no immediate response from China, though Beijing had earlier dismissed complaints from Taiwan about repeated harassment by Chinese drones.
Tensions between Taiwan and China remain at a near all-time high after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the self-governing island in early August.
UNI

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