US Denies Taliban Claims About Downed Helicopter in Paktika Province, Afghanistan

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A plane crashed in the Afghan province of Ghazni earlier in the day, with conflicting reports saying that the crashed jet belonged to a foreign company, Ariana Afghan Airlines, the Afghan National Army, or that it was a US aircraft on an "intelligence mission".

While the US military confirmed the crash of an E-11A military aircraft in Ghazni province, it denied reports about a helicopter going down.

The Taliban* earlier claimed that a helicopter has been downed in Paktika province, according to a tweet posted by the movement's spokesman.

"Tonight after the incident in Ghazni, an enemy military helicopter was shot down near Sharan, the capital of the Paktika province, it was completely destroyed. All people on board died", the tweet says.

The statement comes a few hours after the Taliban claimed that a US plane on an "intelligence mission" had crashed in the Afghan province of Ghazni. Afghan authorities said the plane crashed at around 1:30 p.m. (09:00 GMT) in Ghazni's Deh Yak district.

In the meantime, some sources claimed it was an Afghan National Army aircraft or an Ariana Afghan Airlines jet, but the company denied that it was one of its planes.

*Taliban is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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