(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Ten people aboard a civilian helicopter are believed to be in Taliban custody after the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.
An employee of Khorasan Cargo Airlines, the company that owns the helicopter, identified the nationalities of the passengers to ABC News as one Afghan, two Russians and seven Turks.
According to the employee, who wished not to be named, the helicopter was traveling from Khost to Kabul when it was forced to land in the Azra District of Logar province because of bad weather.
Local elders say the 10 passengers were then taken into Taliban custody. The elders are said to be negotiating with the captors for the passengers’ release.
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