KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban says a group of foreign civilians captured in eastern Afghanistan when their helicopter made an emergency landing are in good health.
Taliban Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 11 captives are being investigated and he denied reports that negotiations are underway for their release.
Eight Turks, an Afghan translator and two pilots — one from Russia and the other from Kyrgyzstan — were captured by insurgents on Sunday after their civilian cargo helicopter had to land in a remote part of eastern Logar province because of bad weather.
Although the Turkish government has not said what the Turks were doing in Afghanistan, it's believed that they were working for a construction company.
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