Taleban capture 9 from helicopter in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A civilian transport helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taleban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all nine people who were on board hostage, officials said on Monday.
The aircraft landed in strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday in a village in the Azra district of Logar province, southeast of Kabul and about 30km from the Pakistan border, said district governor Hamidullah Hamid.
Taleban fighters then captured all nine aboard the helicopter and took them from the area, Mr Hamid told The Associated Press. He said the crew members and passengers are all civilian, but he did not know their identities or nationalities.
Nato confirmed the helicopter went down on Sunday, but the International Security Assistance Force did not have any other details.