Middle East

Afghan military jet crashes in Uzbekistan

12:16, 16 August 2021
Afghan military jet crashes in Uzbekistan Photo: facebook.com/FVV.Uzbekiston

An Afghan military jet has crashed in the Surkhandarya region in Uzbekistan, Gazeta.uz reported on Monday. 

A plane with Afghan identification marks was found on Sunday in the Sherabad district of Surkhandarya, the Uzbek media said. There have been no immediate official comments.

The multimedia appeared online showing the wreckage of the plane and at least one injured person in an air force uniform. The local medics were treating the wounded soldier at the scene.

Two Afghan soldiers were hospitalized in the Termez hospital, according to the sources of the outlet. Uzbekistan Defense Ministry reportedly was checking on the reports on the crash.

Later on Monday, the Defense Ministry confirmed to the Russian News Agency TASS an Afghan Air Force plane crash near the border with Afghanistan.

"Indeed, an Afghan Air Force plane crashed the other day in the Surkhandarya region of Uzbekistan. Currently, the details of the incident are being studied and the relevant information will be reported later," Spokesman for the Defense Ministry of Uzbekistan Bakhrom Zulfikarov said.

On August 14, Uzbekistan temporarily sheltered 84 Afghan soldiers who crossed the border and provided them with medical assistance. The Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported that it was negotiating with the Afghan side on the return of some citizens of a neighboring country to their homeland.

The Taliban* has declared that Afghanistan is under their control, and the war is over after 20 years of US military presence in the country. Afghan citizens are in an attempt to leave the country as Kabul airport is being stormed by those who desperately try to get on the planes after Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has fled abroad and his government collapsed on Sunday. Almost all of the commercial flights have been temporarily suspended.

The witnesses said on Monday that at least five people were fatally shot during the chaos the Kabul airport has plunged into.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries