US shoots down ‘high-altitude object’ over Alaska

A US fighter jet shot down an unidentified object drifting high over Alaska yesterday, the White House said, just six days after the downing of an alleged Chinese spy balloon sparked a fresh diplomatic rift with Beijing.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said it was unclear what the purpose or origin of the new object was, but said that it was taken down because, floating at 40,000 feet, it was a threat to civil aviation.