- The Taliban say they shot down a US Air Force plane over eastern Afghanistan on Monday.
- Videos shared to social media show the wreckage of what appears to be a US Air Force Bombardier E-11A, according to aviation experts.
- The US military says it is investigating and a US Central Command spokesperson told the AP it’s unclear whose aircraft it is.
- The plane was first thought to be a commercial aircraft operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines.
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The Taliban said on Monday it had shot down a US military plane in Ghazni, eastern Afghanistan.
The US military told The Associated Press (AP) it was investigating.
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Local media are reporting that there are six victims of the crash.
Tariq Ghazniwal, a local journalist, told the AP he saw two bodies laying besides the aircraft upon arrival at the scene.
#AFG. These are said to be (unconfirmed) pictures of the plane crashed in #DehYak (#Taliban controlled area) district of #Ghazni province.
Local officials say the crashed aircraft is belonging to any foreign airlines, so far no word on the number of casualties.
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The plane wreck was first thought to be that of an Ariana Afghan Airlines commercial aircraft.
At first, Arif Noori, a spokesman for Ghazni city’s provincial governor, told Reuters a Boeing plane belonging to the Ariana Afghan Airline crashed in the Deh Yak district of Ghazni province around 1:10 p.m. local time.
Foto: A video purporting to show the wreck of a US Air Force Bombardier E-11A.sourceTwitter/Badr-ul-huda
Aviation experts and sleuths have since combed purported footage and images of the crash shared on social media, and asserted the plane is in fact a US military Bombardier E-11A.
The E-11A is used for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan, according to the AP.
Ariana Afghan Airlines had denied reports of its involvement in the crash in a Facebook post.
This is a developing story. More follows.
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