Belarus says thwarted attack by drones from Lithuania, Vilnius denies claim

(This April 25 story was updated on May 3 to add comment from Lithuania)

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of the Belarusian security service said on Thursday it had thwarted an attack on the capital Minsk by drones launched from Lithuania, Russian state news agencies said.

Lithuania denied the claim.

"The State Security Committee, in cooperation with colleagues from other law enforcement agencies, has recently carried out a number of acute security measures, which made it possible to prevent strikes by combat drones from the territory of Lithuania on objects in Minsk and its suburbs," RIA news agency quoted Belarusian security chief Ivan Tertel as saying.

It did not say whether he provided any evidence to support the assertion.

A spokesperson for Lithuania's army said it has not taken, and is not taking, hostile action against any other state.

Belarus is an ally of Russia and allowed Moscow to use its territory to launch its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise, Rachel Armstrong and Daniel Wallis)