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US confirms Afghanistan jet crash; no evidence of Taliban shoot-down

DPA
Kabul/Washington
The US has confirmed a military plane crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, but rejected claims by the Taliban that the insurgent forces downed the jet.
“A US Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire,” Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman, said in a statement.
“Taliban claims that additional aircraft have crashed are false,” he added.
The Taliban had claimed their forces shot down a US spy plane, leading to the death of a number of intelligence officers. There was no information from the US side on the crew, with the military authorities pledging to provide further information when it was available.
Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said all crew members on board were killed. The crash area is controlled by the Taliban.
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said he was “aware of the situation” but had “nothing further to report at this time.” Taliban forces have in the past claimed to have successfully shot down Afghan or US helicopters or drones, but those claims are not always verified.