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Taliban Frees Helicopter Passengers, Crew Captured In Afghanistan

Logar Province capital Pul Alam.
Logar Province capital Pul Alam.

Pakistani officials say the Afghan Taliban has freed the seven people who were aboard a crashed Pakistani helicopter.

Six Pakistanis and a Russian pilot were captured on August 4 when a Pakistani government aircraft crash-landed in the eastern Afghan province of Logar.

Pakistani intelligence officials told RFE/RL that the seven were handed over late on August 12 in Pakistan’s Kurram tribal district bordering Afghanistan.

Islamabad said the Mi-17 transport helicopter was on its way to Russia via Uzbekistan for maintenance when it crashed in Afghanistan.