Pakistan chopper crew home after Afghan hostage drama

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ISLAMABAD: Six crew members of a Pakistani government helicopter taken hostage after it crash-landed in Afghanistan’s volatile east have been released, an official said Saturday. The crew “was released in an inter-tribe exchange on the Pakistan-Afghan border [and]arrived in Islamabad today,” foreign ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria said in a statement. He did not specify who had been holding the crew hostage nor what kind of exchange had secured their release. All six people—ive Pakistanis and a Russian navigator—are “safe and in good health,” he added.

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