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Pakistan Test-Fires Ballistic Missile

Shaheen-1 launch follows Indian test
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2012 3:24 AM CDT
Updated Apr 25, 2012 6:29 AM CDT
Pakistan Test-Fires Ballistic Missile
An earlier version of the Shaheen missile is fired from an undisclosed location in Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Inter Services Public Relations)

(Newser) – Pakistan says it has successfully tested a nuclear-capable missile, just days after arch-rival India tested a long-range missile of its own. Military chiefs say the improved version of the medium-range Shaheen-1 missile "will further consolidate and strengthen Pakistan's deterrence abilities," CNN reports. The upgraded missile is believed to be capable of hitting targets 1,550 to 1,850 miles away, while the Indian missile has a range of 3,100 miles. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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