Taliban abducts 13 Afghan soldiers after helicopter crash

Taliban captures 13 Afghan soldiers and two foreigners following helicopter crash

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

An Afghan policeman stands guard as he keep watch at a checkpoint in Maimana, the capital of Faryab, October 19, 2015

The Taliban captured 13 Afghan soldiers and two foreign nationals on Tuesday after their helicopter crashed in Faryab, a northern province under the control of the militants.

Three soldiers were also killed in the crash.

Sayed Aqa Saqeb, the police chief for Faryab, said it is not clear why the helicopter crashed.

"Now we're thinking of ways to rescue those captured by the Taliban," Saqeb said.

An army spokesman in northern Afghanistan said he has no information about a helicopter crash, according to Reuters.

Faryab is one of the districts where the Taliban have made gains over the past year outside their southern and eastern heartlands into northern areas. They seized Ghormach district in Faryab in mid October for several days, before Afghan security officials regained control of the area.

TRTWorld and agencies