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Taliban claim shooting down US drone

27 April 2010 9:12

Taliban militants claim to have shot down a US unmanned aerial vehicle in the Kajaki district, East of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

According to a report published by Pakistani daily The Nation, Taliban militants are now in possession of wreckage of the drone destroyed on Sunday morning and intend to show it to the media.

The militants assert that the drone was flying at a low altitude and shots were fired at it from anti-aircraft guns installed on a mountain peak.

In late January, the Taliban claimed to have shot down a US drone in the village of Hamzoni near Miramshah in North Waziristan and gotten hold of the wreckage. The militant who claimed responsibility for the incident was given a new car by the Taliban leaders as a reward for having downed the aircraft.

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