ISLAMABAD / PULI ALAM, AFGHANISTAN: Pakistan Army has rejected claims by Afghan officials that its military helicopter made a crash landing in Logar province in Thursday afternoon. Utv Pakistan Report
“Pakistan military helicopter crashed in the Mati area of Azra district,” Afghanistan’s Tolo TV quoted provincial governor’s spokesperson, Salim Saleh, as saying.
He said the helicopter appeared to have caught fire on landing. However, a resident in the area said the Taliban torched the chopper after it crashed.
Meanwhile, military sources described the reports as incorrect.
“The helicopter is not ours,” a military official told . He said the claim by Afghan officials that the helicopter belonged to the Pakistan Army is “not true.”
Meanwhile, Afghan Taliban spokesperson said he had no information about the incident. “We will try to get information,” Zabihullah Mujahid said when his comments were sought about the reports.
The Resolute Support Missions said the helicopter “does not appear to be a Nato aircraft.”
Afghan media has reported six people were on board and that they had been captured by insurgents.
Meanwhile, according to AFP it was a government helicopter, and all six people on board were taken hostage by the Taliban.
“An Mi-17 transport helicopter belonging to the Punjab government was scheduled to fly to Russia for repair. We think the same chopper crash-landed in Logar,” said Pakistani embassy spokesperson Akhtar Munir.
“We don’t know anything about the fate of those on-board or why it crash-landed.”
The local district governor Hamidullah Hamid said six people on board had been taken hostage by Taliban insurgents.
“They have been taken to an unknown location,” he said.
The helicopter caught fire after it crashed, said Logar governor’s spokesman Salim Saleh.
Russian-made Mi-17s are used by the Pakistani military.