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Taliban Says Remaining Turkish Hostages To Be Freed Soon

Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan say they will soon release the remaining four of eight Turks they captured last month.

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.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 12 that four Turks had been freed and handed over following efforts by Turkey's intelligence service.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed e-mailed a statement on May 13 that said the four had been freed as a "goodwill gesture" and that the remaining four will be freed "in the near future."

He did not make any reference to the Afghan translator and the two pilots.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP