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Prithvi testfired

New Delhi, April 29 (Reuters): India tested today a nuclear-capable short-range missile able to hit targets in Pakistan.

A defence ministry spokesman said the test of the 150-km range surface-to-surface Prithvi missile was routine. “It has already been inducted into the army. This was a user trial. There is nothing big about it,” he said.

Pakistan responded calmly to the test, saying it had been informed in advance.

“This was simply a reconfirmation that missiles are now a reality in South Asia,” a Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman said.

Last month, India also testfired a Prithvi missile. The move triggered a tit-for-tat reply by Pakistan, which tested its locally made surface-to-surface Abdali (Hatf-II) missile with a range of 180 km.

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