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Taiwan 'accidentally fires anti-ship missile'

Published 01/07/2016

The patrol boat was understood to have been undergoing an inspection when the missile was mistakenly fired
The patrol boat was understood to have been undergoing an inspection when the missile was mistakenly fired

Taiwan has mistakenly fired a supersonic anti-ship missile, according to an official Taiwanese news agency.

The Central News Agency said the 500-tonne patrol boat Chinchiang was undergoing an inspection inside a military base when the missile - a Hsiung Feng III - was fired by accident on Friday.

There were no injuries caused by the error.

It said the missile landed in waters off the islands of Penghu near Taiwan and that a preliminary investigation showed that its operators may have failed to follow proper procedures.

The agency said a full investigation is under way.

Taiwan's navy has sent a helicopter and boats to search for the missile, the report said.

The mishap coincided with Beijing's celebrations of the 95th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also the party's top leader, delivered a speech on Friday calling for peaceful development of relations between Beijing and Taipei.

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