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    Taiwanese prosecutors are set to charge three officers implicated in the accidental launch of an anti-ship missile last month toward China, local media reported Monday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — On July 1, a Ching Chiang class patrol ship fired the Hsiung Feng III supersonic missile in what was supposed to be a simulated launch during military drills near Taiwan’s Penghu.

    According to the Taiwanese Central News Agency, authorities determined that the missile, which had hit a fishing boat and killed one fisherman as well as injured three other crew members, was launched by accident.

    Under Taiwanese law, officers may be sentenced to a prison term for up to 10 years if found guilty.

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