Taliban releases last 4 Turkish captives

Associated Press

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban say they have released the last four Turkish hostages in a "goodwill" gesture to fellow Muslims.

In an email statement, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed says the four were freed Tuesday afternoon. Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed their release.

The Taliban captured eight Turks, an Afghan translator and two pilots after bad weather forced their helicopter to make an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan on April 21.

The Taliban released the first four Turks of the group on Sunday.

Mujahed did not make any reference to the fate of the Afghan translator and two pilots — one from Russia and one from Kyrgyzstan.

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