Hours after a plane crashed in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Taliban claimed responsibility of the incident and confirmed that it was a U.S. military aircraft, spokesperson of the insurgents' group said on Monday.
A US official told Fox News there were fewer than five people aboard the aircraft when it went down. Noori said the bodies of two pilots were found at the crash site. The fate of the other passengers remains unclear.
A senior defence official in Kabul said no USA or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces' flight had crashed.
A senior defence official investigating the crash said no senior USA official was killed.
On January 9, two military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in Porchaman District of Farah province.
Hours after the incident, Noori said the plane was on fire and villagers were trying to extinguish it.
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The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the downing of a "special American aircraft" flying over Afghanistan on what it described as an intelligence mission.
It is being told that this plane was owned by Ariana Afghan Airlines, which is the government airline here.
Ghazni is one of the most unstable provinces in Afghanistan.
There are around 13,000 USA troops in Afghanistan, according to the American military command in Kabul.
"The plane was apparently dispatched for military operations and it took off from Afghanistan territory", said Ghulam Masoom Massumi, the director of air traffic management at the authority, by phone.
The cause of the crash and the number of casualties are still unknown. They also said that "lots" of USA servicemembers died, The Associated Press reported. "According to our information from the Control Tower and Traffic Regulatory Authority, no commercial airline crash has been recorded". Those same officials have denied the Taliban's claims that the group shot down the plane. The local governor's office originally said the aircraft was "a Boeing plane belonging to the Ariana Afghan Airline".