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Aircraft crash north of capital kills 7

| Monday, April 29, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement: “Taliban's claims are false.”

It said the cause of the crash was being investigated by emergency crews that rushed to the site, but there was no sign of terrorist activity in the area.

Capt. Luca Carniel, a coalition spokesman, said the aircraft crashed from a low altitude right after takeoff.

The coalition did not identify the victims, the type of aircraft involved or the company that owned it.

In another development, President Hamid Karzai accused U.S. forces of killing four civilians and wounding one in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Sunday because an American' convoy was attacked by insurgents.

In a statement issued by his office, Karzai “strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians.”

The U.S.-led military coalition said it was investigating the weekend clash, which left four soldiers with minor injuries and damaged a patrol vehicle. In a statement issued, the coalition said the Taliban attacked the coalition patrol with small arms fire and roadside bombs as it moved through a local bazaar in the province where there were civilians.

“Coalition forces engaged the enemy, pushed through the hostile area, and traveled to a nearby Afghan National Army checkpoint,” the coalition said.

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