A US spy drone has crasheddue to “technical faults” during a reconnaissance mission in eastern Ghazni Province of Afghanistan, NATO says.
A statement released by the media office of the NATO forces confirmed the crash, attributing the incident to technical problems, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Taliban spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed, however, claimed that the militants shot down the unmanned plane.
About three weeks ago, a Chinook helicopter carrying US soldiers crashed in Wardak province near the border with Ghazni killing 31 American troops on board.
The crash, for which Taliban also claimed responsibility, was the deadliest single incident involving American troops since the start of the US invasion of Afghanistan.
The Taliban militants claim they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.
The militants have proven resilient despite the presence of around 150,000 US-led forces in Afghanistan. They have steadily stepped up their attacks on the US-led forces, inflicting on them heavy casualties and damage.
Since the start of the non-UN-sanctioned US drone operations in Afghanistan, the attacks have claimed many civilian lives both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan's border regions.