ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Five Pakistanis and a Russian who were captured by the Afghan Taliban after their government helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan have been released and turned over to Pakistani custody, officials said on Saturday.
"The six member crew of Punjab government helicopter that went missing in Afghanistan on 4th August 2016 has been recovered and arrived in Islamabad today," a statement from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The Russian-made transport helicopter belonging to the Punjab provincial government was en route from Peshawar in northwest Pakistan to Uzbekistan for maintenance when it experienced technical failure and made an emergency landing.
(Reporting by Amjad Ali, Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Saud Mehsud. Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)