India said on Friday it had ‘accidentally’ fired a missile into Pakistan this week because of a “technical malfunction” during routine maintenance, giving its version of events after Pakistan summoned India’s envoy to protest. It was possibly a BrahMos missile — a nuclear-capable, land-attack cruise missile jointly developed by Russia and India. The missile was unarmed and had crashed near the city of Mian Channu.
“On 9 March 2022, in the course of a routine maintenance, a technical malfunction led to the accidental firing of a missile,” the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a three-paragraph statement.
“It is learnt that the missile landed in an area of Pakistan. While the incident is deeply regrettable, it is also a matter of relief that there has been no loss of life due to the accident.”
DG ISPR, Major General Babar Iftikhar, told a news conference on Thursday that a “high-speed flying object” originating from the northern Indian city of Sirsa had crashed in eastern Pakistan.