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Taliban says it shot down NATO-chartered plane, killing 8

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A cargo plane falls out of the sky in Parwan province
  • A Taliban spokesman claims responsibility
  • Afghanistan
  • NATO
  • Parwan Province
  • Air Travel

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Eight people died when a cargo plane chartered by NATO crashed into the mountains in Afghanistan, a provincial governor said Wednesday.

The Azerbaijan Airlines cargo plane fell out of the sky Tuesday night in Ghorband district of Parwan province, said Yaqoob Rasouli, head of the Kabul International Airport.

Abdul Basir Salangi, governor of northern Parwan province, said he did not know why the plane crashed, but the Taliban said it had shot down the plane.

"The plane was shot down by heavy and light weapons when it was flying very low above the area last night," said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed.

Police were scouring the area for bodies, said Abdul Alim Mujadidi, the district governor.

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report