US plane crashes near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan

U.S. Navy Capt. Michael G. Schatz said Tuesday that a plane crashed into the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, killing all on board.

The crash was confirmed by a Defense Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation.

The plane crashed on Saturday at about 4:15 p.m. local time near the Afghan border, according to Schatz, who is commanding the Naval Air Weapons Center.

The official said the aircraft was part of a training exercise.

No other details were immediately available.

Schtz said it was unclear if the plane was being flown by Afghan troops or contractors.

The U.N. says the airfield is in an area controlled by the Taliban and that its occupants have been targeted for attacks by the U.Z.F., a group of mostly Taliban fighters.

The Taliban have said the coalition is responsible for the crash, which occurred as U.Q.K. forces were moving to reclaim the airbase from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.

The Islamic State group controls the Baghlan area of the country and has also claimed responsibility for the bombing of the air base in August.

The Bagram airfield was used as a base for NATO forces during the Afghanistan-Pakistan war.