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The RAF says it has scrambled two fighter jets to respond to an 'unidentified aircraft' north of Scotland.
Two Typhoon jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, and were joined by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker launched from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
A spokesperson for the RAF said the 'Quick Reaction Alert' mission was launched in response to an unidentified aircraft approaching the 'UK area of interest' - international air space for which the UK is responsible.
The force did not confirm the nature of the alert or the nationality of the unidentified aircraft, saying in a statement that it could not comment further on an ongoing operation.
The RAF routinely intercepts aircraft approaching the UK area of interest, with Typhoon jets most recently scrambled in November last year in order to escort Russian TU-160 Blackjack strategic bombers away from UK airspace.
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