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    The crew of Pakistan’s Mi-17 helicopter, held hostage by Taliban in Afghanistan, has been released, local media reported Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the GEO TV channel, the crew, five Pakistani nationals and a Russian technician, have been relocated to Pakistan. Earlier reports indicated that seven people were onboard the aircraft.

    The indcident occurred when the helicopter made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, and, according to the channel, was en route to Russia for a routine overhaul. Other media outlets claimed that the aircraft was heading from Peshawar to Uzbekistan’s city of Bukhara.

    Senior Taliban leader Qari Saifullah Mehsud told Pakistani media that his group was behind the incident.

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