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Taliban Claim They Shot Down US Military Plane In Afghanistan

The Taliban claims it has shot down a US military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all people on board.

“The plane, which was on an intelligence mission, was brought down in Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni province,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement, adding that everyone on board had been killed.

A US military official told CBS News that an Air Force E-11 had crashed in Afghanistan. The official said the cause of the crash was still being investigated and he would not discuss the fate of the crew.

However, Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial government said the bodies of two pilots were found at the crash site and that the plane was completely destroyed.

He did not mention any other casualties.

He added that the plane went down around 1.10pm local time on Monday in Deh Yak district, which is held by the Taliban.

Yesterday it was initially believed that an Ariana Airlines plane had gone down but the state-owned airline said all its aircraft were operational and safe.

The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly cold in winter.

The last major commercial air crash in Afghanistan occurred in 2005 when a Kam Air flight from western Herat to the capital Kabul crashed into the mountains as it tried to land in snowy weather.