One of 14 ANA personnel in Taliban captivity dies
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Taliban have killed one of the 14 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel they captured after a helicopter crash-landed in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Monday.
The soldiers and crew were seized after the helicopter carrying them made an emergency landing in Faryab. The chopper flying from Mazar-i-Sharif landed near Maimana Airport on November 24.
After the emergency landing, the insurgents attacked the soldiers and three crewmembers and seized the personnel. The copter, belonging to a private company, had developed a technical fault.
Maj. Mohammad Reza Rezaee, 209th Shaheen Military Corps spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the body of ANA officer Mohammad Mirza, who was in Taliban’s captivity, was transferred by the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) from the Khwaja Kinti area of Qaisar district to Maimana on Sunday.
He said there were tell-tale signs of torture on the soldier’s body. The Taliban have not yet contacted the security forces on the captivity of the soldiers and crew; nor is their location known so far, according to Rezaee.
But ARCS Director Haroon Arab suggested the ANA soldier had died of wounds he received during their helicopter crash. “Taliban have told us one of the captives has died. Our team has evacuated the officer’s body to the provincial capital,” he added.
Arab, who could not see other detainees closely, said they had received information the captives were in good health.
Six ANA soldiers and a foreign national had been killed during the attack and 12 other military personnel seized along with two foreign pilots by the Taliban.
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