Taliban Claim Downing of Unidentified Aircraft
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban claimed Sunday to have shot down an unidentified plane in the northern province of Samangan.
The plane was brought down just a few kilometers outside the provincial capital Aibak, said Abdul Hanan Himat, head of the Taliban's official Bakhter Information Agency.
"It is not clear which country the plane belongs to. A team of technicians has been sent to the area to find out where it came from," Himat said.
On Saturday, the Taliban said it shot down an unmanned spy plane, which was initially identified as belonging to the United States.
Washington is gearing up for a possible attack on Afghanistan's Taliban, who have defied a US ultimatum to hand over Osama bin Laden, the chief suspect in the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Military sources in Uzbekistan have said US electronic surveillance planes have arrived at an air base outside the Uzbek capital Tashkent in preparation of an attack on the Taliban.
In addition, US attack helicopters that took part in a joint NATO-Uzbek military exercise earlier this month remained at a military base some 40 kilometers east of Tashkent, they said -- KABUL (AFP)
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