Taliban claims American plane ‘crashed’ in eastern Afghanistan

Kabul, Jan 27 (AFP/APP): The Taliban claimed a US forces aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan Monday hours after the plane went down into an area controlled largely by the insurgents.

“An aircraft of American occupiers has crashed in Ghazni province,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a Pashto-language statement, adding that all the crew members onboard had been killed.

NATO have yet to officially comment on the incident.

Large swathes of rural areas in Ghazni province are controlled or under the influence of Taliban militants, making access difficult for officials.

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

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