Taliban claimed they shot down a US plane in the Deh Yak district of Ghazni province, an area that is under the control of Taliban militants.

“A US plane was shot down and many American officers were killed”, Zabihullah Mujahid, a popular Taliban spokesperson hidden behind the internet and social media tweeted.

The plane flying for intelligence missions shot down in the Sadokhil area of Deh Yak district in Ghazni province on Monday afternoon, Mujahid said.

He claimed high-ranking CIA officers had been on board the plane.

The US military said it was investigating reports of a crash in Taliban-controlled territory.

Tariq Ghazniwal, a local journalist, said he saw two bodies but others had counted a total of five.

The aircraft in the footage appeared to show a US air force E-11 Battlefield Airborne Communications Node. It has been described by the air force as “Wi-Fi in the sky”, a roving communications satellite to support missions in remote areas without existing infrastructure.

Earlier this afternoon, Afghan media agencies citing local officials in Ghazni reported that an Ariana Afghan plane crashed with 83 people on board, but later the state-owned aviation company declined the report and said their flights have been conducted normally.


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