The Taiwan army has shot down a People’s Liberation Army fighter jet that allegedly intruded in the Taiwanese airspace, multiple social media footage are claiming. But the Island-nation has debunked the claims.
According to the widespread speculations, the jet thought to be a Su35 was taken down, with viral footage of the crash showing fire and smoke churning out from the wreckage of the aircraft. Another footage shows the pilot laid on a stretcher.
The video was widely shared in the Taiwanese media and according to reports, it sparked fear in the nation, thanks to the cutthroat tension between Taiwan and China.
Now, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence has come into the whirlwind of speculations and slamming the incident as ‘fake news’ and ‘malicious act.’
“In response to rumors online that claim a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet had been shot down by Taiwan air defense systems, #ROCAirForce would like to categorically state this is fake news,” the Taiwanese dept. said in a statement.
“We urge netizens to not spread it and strongly condemn this malicious act.”
Reports suggest, the pilot is safe and no one was injured. Speculations also suggest the jet might have crashed due to technical issues which could be one of the possibilities of the crash.
However, despite #taiwan, is trending no. 1 in Politics on Twitter, as of now, there is no official confirmation for either side at the time of writing. None of the Chinese media has so far covered the incident, nor any Taiwanese media.
The stern action from the landlock Island nation (if factual at all) comes after a recent spurt in China’s aggression with neighboring regions, including nuclear-armed India.
Situations in the South China Sea continue to stay bitter as war-like tensions prevail over many nations trying to grip the region under control. More details awaited.
Taiwan, a small island-nation off the coast of China is often fraught with political pressures from China’s PLA. China claims Taiwan is a part of its mainland.
The story has been updated in the first paragraphs with more information, and the headline has been altered.