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Pentagon says military intercepted Russian TU-95 Bear bombers in international airspace Monday

The Associated Press Posted: Apr 19, 2017 2:59 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017 2:59 PM ET

The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast.

Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesperson, said a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.

Ross said the intercept was "safe and professional."

North American Aerospace Defence Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.

Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 160 kilometres of Alaska's Kodiak Island.

It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia.

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