Published On: Fri, Aug 5th, 2016

Punjab govt’s helicopter crash-lands in Afghanistan; Taliban set it on fire, take crew hostage


ISLAMABAD: A Punjab government Mi-17 helicopter crash landed on Thursday in Afghanistan’s Logar province where Taliban insurgents took the crew hostage before setting the helicopter on fire.

DawnNews reported the helicopter had seven people onboard at the time of the incident, and was on its way for maintenance to Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan’s TOLO News, however, reported the helicopter belonged to Pakistan military.

Quoting spokesman for Logar province’s governor, it said that the helicopter crashed in the Mati area of Azra district.

What we know so far

  • Punjab government’s Mi-17 helicopter crash lands in Afghanistan’s Logar province
  • Taliban sets it on fire; some reports say it caught fire as it crashed
  • 7 crew members on board survive crash; Taliban take them hostage
  • Foreign Office trying to contact Afghan officials to get more information

Gen Raheel seeks help from US commander

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif called Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General Nicolson and asked him to help in the recovery of the helicopter crew, said Inter-Services Public Relations.

“Gen Nicolson has assured all possible help in this regard,” said the military’s spokesperson, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.

Giving details about the incident, Lt Gen Bajwa confirmed that seven people were on board the helicopter including retired military officers and a Russian navigator.

Source Dawn

About the Author

Shahid Tariq

- is a SEO Consultant. He has over 4 years of experience in SEO, e-commerce, content strategy and digital analysis. Shahid has helped grow businesses through more effective search marketing and SEO strategies.