Jan 28, 2020 17:45 UTC
  • Afghanistan: Remains of US servicemen killed in crash recovered

The United States has recovered the remains of individuals from a US military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan.

On Monday, the US military said an E-11A jet, built by Bombardier Inc, had crashed in the province of Ghazni in an area controlled largely by the Taliban militant group.

US and Afghan officials told Reuters on Tuesday that the Americans were in the process of confirming the identities of two US service members who were on the plane and killed in the crash.

Earlier on Tuesday, Afghan forces and Taliban militants had clashed in the region where the US military plane had crashed as the government forces tried to reach the wreckage site.

A US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said multiple attempts had been made to recover the remains but they had been hampered by the terrain and weather.

The official said the Taliban’s claim to have brought down the plane was misleading, adding that a preliminary probe before reaching the crash site showed that there was a mechanical error.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

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