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Afghan Taliban Say Kyrgyz Hostage Released

Taliban insurgents say they have released a Kyrgyz hostage seized in April after a helicopter crash in southeastern Afghanistan.

A man said to be a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, announced on June 11 that the hostage was freed as a goodwill gesture to Kyrgyzstan's government.

The man was captured on April 21 along with eight Turkish nationals, a Russian, and an Afghan interpreter after their helicopter made a hard landing in Logar Province, near Kabul.

The Taliban freed the Turkish nationals last month but are still holding the Russian and the Afghan.

Mujahid says the rebels are investigating their "possible ties with intelligence agencies."

Based on reporting by AFP and