PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. unmanned aircraft crashed in northwestern Pakistan Sunday, sparking a flurry of rumors, Geo News reported from Peshawar.
The drone, remote-controlled aircraft went down near Sangar in the province of South Waziristan, although U.S. officials didn't issue a statement about it.
Geo said there were conflicting reports from local military and police officials about the crash. Some said a technical failure caused the aircraft to fall from the sky, while Taliban extremists claimed they had shot it down.
Pakistani soldiers were dispatched to secure the crash site, the report said.
The use of drone aircraft, widely reported to be CIA operations as a surveillance tool and sometimes attack system, is a contentious point between Pakistan and the United States.
Pakistan alleges the unilateral use of drones along the border with Afghanistan to detect and attack al-Qaida and Taliban militants is an infringement on its sovereignty.