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Reports: Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile

Pakistan test-fired a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, reports said Monday.

The Hatf-VII or Babur missile, which has a range of 435 miles, was test-fired from a specially equipped vehicle in an undisclosed location Monday, The Associated Press reported.

The statement said the missile had stealth features and could fly close to the ground.

The test was witnessed by Director General Strategic Plans Division Lt. Gen. Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Chairman Muhammad Irfan Burney of the National Engineering and Scientific Commission and senior military officers, according to the Pakistan’s Nation newspaper.

Pakistan and its nuclear-armed rival neighboring India routinely test different versions of their missiles. The two countries have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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