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Friday, October 2, 2015

Eleven dead as US military plane crashes in Afghanistan

Eleven people have been killed in a crash of a US military transport aircraft at an airport in eastern Afghanistan, a US military spokesman has said.

The crew of six US military service members were among the dead, along with another five passengers, civilians who were contracted employees of the US-led international force, the spokesman said.

The incident took place at around midnight [19:30 GMT] on Thursday at Jalalabad airport.

The army spokesman said that there were no reports of enemy fire at the time and the incident was under investigation, however, the Taliban claimed it had shot down the aircraft.

The contractors had been working for “Resolute Support,” the NATO-led training mission.


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