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AFP
January 28, 2020

US confirms Afghanistan jet crash

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AFP
January 28, 2020

WASHINGTON: The US Defense Department confirmed on Monday that a military jet crashed in Ghazni province in Afghanistan, but rejected Taliban suggestions that it was shot down.

Afghanistan US Forces spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett confirmed in a statement that the aircraft was a US Bombardier E-11A, a type of jet used as an airborne communications node in the region.

“While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire,” Leggett said. He gave no information on casualties in the crash.

Earlier, the Taliban claimed a US forces aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday hours after a plane went down into an area controlled largely by the insurgents.

The militants claim came as confusion continued to surround the incident, with Afghan officials and airliners denying that any of their aircraft were missing while NATO had yet to officially comment on the crash. “An aircraft of American occupiers has crashed in Ghazni province,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a Pashto-language statement, adding all the crew members onboard had been killed.

Confusion also clouded the Taliban statement, however, with one version saying the plane crashed while another version said the insurgents brought down the craft.

But ministry of defense spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai told AFP that the plane did not belong to Afghan forces or the country´s intelligence agency.

The ministry’s statement comes hours after reports on social media were rife with suggestions that the plane was from state-owned Ariana Afghan Airlines—however the company said the rumours were “not true”.

“All the flights of Ariana Afghan Airlines have been completed normally,” a statement on the carrier’s verified Facebook page read.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan also denied reports that the plane was a commercial flight.