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India follows Pakistan with 2nd long-range missile test

Published on Sep 19, 2012 4:27 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India test-fired its second-longest-range missile on Wednesday, a defence official said, two days after Pakistan announced its own missile test.

The two-stage Agni-IV blasted off from the eastern state of Orissa in the third test for the missile, which was first launched in 2010 in a flight marred by technical problems. Its second test last November was declared a success.

"The Agni-IV was tested for its full range of 4,000km and it was a success," Defence Research and Development Organisation spokesman Mr Ravi Gupta said on Wednesday. "None of our missiles are country-specific. We are a peaceful nation which has never attacked any country in thousands of years.

"Pakistan, which has fought three wars with arch-rival India since their 1947 independence, test-fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile on Monday with "stealth features".

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