The Iranian army has shot down an unidentified foreign drone near the port of Bandar-e Mahshahr on the Gulf coast, according to reports from the country’s news agencies.
The aircraft was downed over Iranian territory with domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missiles. Iranian news agencies said the drone was shot down in the country’s airspace.
Provincial governor Gholamreza Shariati said that the drone belonged to a foreign country and that parts of it had been recovered in a nearby lagoon.
Shariati said “The UAVs are definitely a foreign ’country’s and the results of the expert reviews will be made public after they are determined.”
“It is clear that this drone has entered the Mahshahr area without coordination, so the city’s defence has attempted to overthrow it” he added.
The United States Central Command released a statement later on Friday saying that the downed drone was not one of theirs, and that all military drones were accounted for.
“Alleged reports of a US drone being shot down are incorrect. If a UAS had gone down in the CENTCOM AOR it was not a DoD asset,” US Central Command said in a post on Twitter.
Relations between Iran and the US have worsened since last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed sanctions on the country.