INVESTIGATIONS were launched this week after a missile – believed to be a rogue Russian S-200 launched from Syria against an Israeli air raid – blew up in mid-air before slamming into the ground close to the village of Taşkent and leaving a trail of scattered debris.
The largest piece landed just 200 metres from the nearest house but no-one was hurt.
However the freak incident at about 12.15am on Monday unleashed a succession of blasts that alarmed residents in Lefkoşa and as far afield as Girne and the northern coast.
Turkish and TRNC state, government, military and medical teams raced to the scene, where firefighters quickly contained a scrubland blaze, sparked by the impact and burning rocket fuel.
Commentators asked as to whether radar inside the British base of Dhekelia had picked up the projectile as it passed close by, to which a spokesman for the island's UK military told Cyprus Today: "We are not in a position to comment. This is not something that we would share with the media."
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