January 27, 2020 / 2:59 PM / 2 months ago

Taliban says has brought down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan

Afghan National Army forces go towards the site of an airplane crash in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan January 27, 2020. REUTERS/Mustafa Andaleb

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel 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, including high ranking officers, had been killed.

A senior defense official investigating the crash said no senior U.S. official was killed and added that they were still investigating the cause of the crash. No one from the U.S. military was immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi; Editing by Euan Rocha and Alex Richardson

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