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Modi says India shot down a satellite to join space "super league"

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the country has shot down a satellite in space.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it's now a space power. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je-Pool/Getty Image

India has shot down a live, low-orbiting satellite in space with an anti-satellite missile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday in a televised address.

Why it matters: India joined a "super league" with the U.S., Russia and China after the feat, Modi said. "India registered its name as a space power," he said. The technology is "not directed against any particular country," according to Modi. But it risks escalating tension with Pakistan after February clashes in Kashmir. Modi faces a general election next month.

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