Taliban say will 'soon' release remaining Turks

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 1996 file photo, Gulbuddin  Hekmatyar, center, passes in front of an honor guard in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, after being sworn in as prime minister, ending four years of bitter fighting among U.S. backed rebels who took control of Kabul from the communist regime. Hekmatyar today is a U.S.-declared terrorist in hiding fighting international forces in Afghanistan. His representatives have opened talks with President Hamid Karzai�s political opponents, as well as Karzai. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 1996 file photo, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, center, passes in front of an honor guard in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, after being sworn in as prime minister, ending four years of bitter fighting among U.S. backed rebels who took control of Kabul from the communist regime. Hekmatyar today is a U.S.-declared terrorist in hiding fighting international forces in Afghanistan. His representatives have opened talks with President Hamid Karzai�s political opponents, as well as Karzai. (AP Photo, File)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban spokesman says four remaining Turks held by the militant group will be released shortly, without offering further details.

A Monday email statement from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said the recent release of another four Turks was intended as a "goodwill gesture" and "soon" the remaining four Turks still in their possession would also be freed.

He did not make any reference to the Afghan translator and two pilots __ one from Russia and one from Kyrgyzstan __ who were captured along with the eight Turks when bad weather forced their helicopter to make an emergency landing in the Taliban-stronghold of eastern Afghanistan's Logar province on April 21.

On Sunday Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said the freed Turks were taken to the Turkish Embassy in Kabul.
Associated Press
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