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.