Pakistani copter crashes in Afghanistan, occupants feared held by Taliban

August 4, 2016 19:19

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani helicopter crash-landed in Taliban-held territory in Afghanistan on Thursday and all passengers and crew are missing and feared captured by the insurgents, two Afghan officials and two senior Pakistani officials said.

The helicopter went down in Logar province, near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan's lawless and mountainous tribal areas.

"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."

Two senior Pakistani officials confirmed that a helicopter belong to the Punjab provincial government had gone down in Afghanistan, saying the fate of the crew was not yet clear.

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