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    Pakistan Still Working on Freeing Helicopter Crew Held Hostage by Taliban

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    Pakistani authorities are still working on freeing the crew of Pakistani helicopter taken hostage by Taliban in Afghanistan, a Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, local media reported that the crew, five Pakistani nationals and a Russian technician, have been relocated to Pakistan. Earlier reports indicated that seven people were onboard the aircraft.

    "Efforts are being undertaken, we are still working. This is a very sensitive situation," Nafees Zakaria told RIA Novosti when asked to confirm these reports.

    The incident occurred when the helicopter made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, and, according to the local media, 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.


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