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Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile

Pakistan's military said it has successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

ISLAMABAD // Pakistan's military said it has successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

A military statement said the Hatf V or Ghauri missile was launched today from an undisclosed location.

It said the missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads over a distance of 1,300 kilometres.

Pakistan has previously test-fired this same missile. The country became a declared nuclear power in 1998, when it conducted underground nuclear tests in response to those carried out by its archenemy and neighbour, India.

The two countries have fought three major wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. They often conduct tit-for-tat missile tests.