Pak helicopter crash-lands in Afghanistan, seven held hostage

| Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 23:04
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The helicopter crashed in Logar province, near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan.

New Delhi: A Pakistani govt helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan on Thursday and the passengers and crew members are missing, officials said. According to Pakistan media, five retired Pakistani personnel were on board helicopter that crashed in Logar province, near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan.

"An Mi-17 transport helicopter belonging to the Punjab government was scheduled to fly to Russia for repair. We think the same chopper crash-landed in Logar," Akhtar Munir, a spokesman for the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, spokesman told news agency AFP.

"We don't know anything about the fate of those on-board or why it crash-landed."

The missing people are feared captured by the insurgents, two Afghan officials said and two senior Pakistani officials said.

The helicopter caught fire after it crashed.

(Further details awaited)

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