Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- An unmanned U.S. drone crashed in southwest Pakistan near the Afghan border Thursday night, the Pakistani military said.
The aircraft came down near Chaman, a town near the Afghan-Pakistan border in the southwestern province of Balochistan, a military statement said.
The wreckage has been recovered and the military is investigating, the statement said. The cause of the crash is not known.
Local Pakistani television showed video of local residents displaying what appeared to be parts of the downed aircraft at the site of the crash.
In recent years the US has sharply increased its used of armed drones to target militants in Pakistan's tribal region, a volatile area bordering war-torn Afghanistan.
The covert CIA drone program has been deeply unpopular with many Pakistanis, who say the attacks kill civilians and are a violation of their country's sovereignty.