Tehran Bans Drones Af­ter Se­cu­rity Scare

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Tehran: Ira­nian of­fi­cials have banned the fly­ing of all pri­vate drones over Tehran af­ter two re­cent in­ci­dents led to one of the de­vices be­ing shot down near the supreme leader’s of­fice. “Based on a re­cent or­der re­gard­ing preven­tion of un­li­censed flight by pri­vate drones, we have stopped th­ese planes which had cre­ated se­cu­rity prob­lems,” said Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards of­fi­cial Gen­eral Alireza Rabii. The or­der comes af­ter two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents of se­cu­rity forces open­ing fire on small cam­era drones fly­ing over cen­tral Tehran. The first one, owned by Ira­nian state tele­vi­sion, was shot down in De­cem­ber for en­ter­ing “the no-fly zone” over Enghe­lab square, which is near the of­fices of Ira­nian supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, the pres­i­dent and sev­eral other state in­sti­tu­tions. AFP

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