6 Hostages Released Inter-Tribe Exchange on Pak-Afghan Border

Islamabad, – Six crew members of a Pakistani government helicopter taken hostage after it crash-landed in Afghanistan’s east have been released, an Pakistani foreign ministry said Saturday.

The crew “was released in an inter-tribe exchange on the Pakistan-Afghan border (and) arrived in Islamabad today,” Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a statement.

All six people — five Pakistanis and a Russian navigator — are “safe and in good health,” he added.

After it crash-landed in Logar province on August 4, Taliban militants set the Mi-17 transport helicopter on fire and took the six-member crew to a Taliban-controlled area.

Source: Qatar News Agency