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US military intercepts two Russian bombers off Alaska’s coast

The US military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.

world Updated: Apr 19, 2017 07:06 IST
American F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers off Alaska’s coast on Monday.
American F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers off Alaska’s coast on Monday.(Reuters File Photo)

The US military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska’s coast.

Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesperson, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.

Ross says the intercept was “safe and professional”.

North American Aerospace Defense Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.

Fox News said on Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia.