Afghan official: Taliban holds crashed Pakistan chopper crew


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the crew of a Pakistani helicopter that crashed in a lawless region of Afghanistan is being held by Taliban insurgents.

Hamidullah Hamid, governor of the Azra district in Logar province, said on Friday that all seven people aboard the M70 chopper had been detained by Taliban after the Thursday crash.

He says “the government has no control of the area” where the chopper crashed and burst into flames

Earlier, Pakistani army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said the Russian-made chopper was being flown to Russia via Uzbekistan for maintenance.

The crew is believed to include one Russian, and at least two Pakistani army officers.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says an investigative team is being sent to the area as it is not contactable by phone.

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