A US Patriot missile was accidentally launched in Qatar and self-destructed over an unpopulated farm area, causing no injuries, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Lieutenant General Carter Ham, director of operations of the Joint Staff, said a Patriot missile unit at Camp As-Saliyah in Qatar was conducting a training exercise when the missile accidentally went off.
"Don't know why or how the missile advertently launched, but it did," he told reporters here.
"The preliminary indications are that it did as it was expected to do: it self-destructed. The debris is about three or four miles from the launch site. it's secure."