• publish: 19 October 2015
  • time: 7:18 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 1815
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US F-16 fighter jet struck by Taliban militants in Paktia province

The anti-government armed militants in southeastern Afghanistan managed to open fire on an advanced US fighter jet, forcing it to jettison its fuel tanks and munitions before returning to base, it has been reported.

The incident took place six days ago in the relatively Paktia province where anti-government armed militants belonging to Taliban and Haqqani network are actively operating in a number of its districts.

According to the military officials cited in a report by AFP, “The pilot jettisoned two fuel tanks and three munitions before safely returning to base. The pilot received no injuries and safely returned to base.”

The F-16 fighter jet was flying over Syed Karam district when it came under the enemy fire with photographs shared on social media purportedly showing a group of insurgents standing near the fuel tanks and munitions of the aircraft.

The photographs were first shared on Twitter late on Tuesday night, indicating two ‘drop-tanks’ and air-to-ground missile with two other bombs.

The Taliban group claimed a fighter jet was shot down by the group’s fighters but the coalition forces rejected the report as baseless.

The incident took place a day after a NATO helicopter crashed in capital Kabul leaving five personnel of the Resolute Support mission dead.

It also followed a day after an aircraft of the Afghan National Army crashed in central Bamyan province of Afghanistan.

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