Taliban Seizes Hostages in Afghanistan Chopper Crash

Turkish civilians feared in hands of militants

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 22, 2013 1:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – The passengers and crew of a civilian helicopter are believed to have been seized by Taliban members after being forced to make an emergency landing in a militant-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan. Local authorities say there were around 11 people on board, including the foreign pilots and around seven Turkish engineers, the New York Times reports. An ISAF spokesman confirmed that bad weather had forced the helicopter to land in Logar province, south of Kabul, but was unable to provide more details, Reuters adds.

Emergency landings are relatively common in Afghanistan's rough terrain.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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