The Defense Ministry of Uzbekistan has addressed a circulating claim on social media regarding an Afghan military helicopter dislodged on the border between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

The information comes from a post by Russian political scientist Andrey Serenko on his Telegram channel, suggesting the helicopter was allegedly flying from Mazar-e-Sharif to Afghanistan’s Badakhshan. “It is still unclear how it ended up in Uzbekistan’s airspace,” the author commented, mentioning over 15 people onboard.

“These reports are unfounded and do not align with reality,” the Defense Ministry of Uzbekistan asserted.

The ministry asked the media outlets and social media users to rely solely on official information and reminded them of their liability for spreading unfounded and false information.