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The Taliban says it has released the four remaining Turks held hostage since their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan last month.

In an emailed statement issued on May 14, the Taliban said the remaining four Turkish nationals were released "as a sign of goodwill and as an Islamic and humanitarian gesture of respect."

Four other Turkish engineers aboard the helicopter were freed on May 12.

The eight Turkish engineers were seized when bad weather forced their helicopter to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan's Logar Province on April 21.

An Afghan translator and two pilots -- one from Russia and one from Kyrgyzstan -- were seized along with the Turks.

The Taliban's statement did not make any reference to the Afghan translator and the two pilots.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters