A Pakistani government helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan’s Logar province on August 4 where Taliban insurgents are feared to have taken the crew hostage.
The insurgents have not so far commented on the incident in Azra district in the restive province of Logar.
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“An Mi-17 transport helicopter belonging to the Punjab government was scheduled to fly to Russia for repair. We think the same chopper crash-landed in Logar,” Pakistani embassy spokesman Akhtar Munir said.
The helicopter had seven people onboard at the time of the incident, and was on its way for maintenance to Uzbekistan.
The crew included six members of the Punjab government and a Russian engineer.
“They have been taken to an unknown location,” he said.
However, there were conflicting reports on how the helicopter caught fire. Some eyewitnesses told local news agencies that the helicopter appeared to have caught fire during landing while some residents said the Taliban set it on fire.
Dawn reported that Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif called Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General Nicolson and asked him to help in the recovery of the helicopter crew, said Inter-Services Public Relations.
“Gen Nicolson has assured all possible help in this regard,” said the military’s spokesperson, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.
Afghan government and Afghan National Army authorities have also been contacted for necessary assistance in recovery of the crew members, Bajwa added.