A Pakistani foreign office spokesman said seven passengers were on board, six of them Pakistanis & one a Russian technician, the helicopter that went down in Taliban-territory. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)
A Pakistani government helicopter crash-landed in Taliban-held territory in neighbouring Afghanistan on Thursday and all passengers and crew are feared captured by the insurgents, officials said. The helicopter went down in Logar province, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border, an increasingly lawless area since a two-year Pakistani military operation pushed many Taliban and allied fighters further into Afghanistan.
"Those detained by the Taliban are Pakistanis," Sameem Saleh, spokesman for Logar's governor, said. "The chopper was not shot but made the landing because of technical failure."
Unconfirmed report of Afghanistan's Taliban holding crew of Pak chopper,wants to swap crew for Mullah Baradar who ws arrested by Pak in 2010— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2016
#COAS called Gen Nicolson,Comd RSM in Afgn,asked him to help in recovery of crew of Punjab govt heli that crash landed in logar province-1/3— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) August 4, 2016
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