In Uzbekistan, an Afghan Military Plane was Shot Down for Crossing the Border in a ‘Illegal’ Manner

Officials say an Afghan military jet was shot down in Uzbekistan on Monday for entering the country’s airspace.

The jet was shot down shortly after crossing the border, according to the Uzbek defense ministry.

The plane crashed in Surxondaryo district in southern Uzbekistan, which shares a border with Afghanistan, according to ministry spokesman Bahrom Zulfikorov.

“Uzbekistan’s air defense forces prevented an attempt by an Afghan military aircraft to illegally cross Uzbekistan’s border,” Zulfikorov said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

It wasn’t immediately clear what type of jet was shot down.

Zulfikorov said the incident is under investigation.

“Currently, the details of the incident are being studied and the relevant information will be reported later,” Zulfikorov told Russia’s state-run TASS news agency.

It was unclear why the plane traveled into Uzbekistan or whether it had anything to do with the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan on Sunday.

Source: UPI

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