Afghanistan: 2 Moldovan pilots released from Taliban captivity

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Afghanistan: 2 Moldovan pilots released from Taliban captivity

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 Feb 2019, 01:24 pm

Chisinau, Feb 12 (IBNS): Moldovan President Igor Dodon has announced that two pilots, who were in Taliban's captivity, have been released after 42 months, media reports said.

They were kept in captivity in Afghanistan, reports said.

"At the end of the week or the beginning of next week, I'll fly to Moscow to return with the aviators to Chisinau," Dodon told reporters on February 11 in the Moldovan capital as quoted as saying by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.

The two pilots were staying at a Moscow hospital and their condition was "satisfactory," he was quoted as saying by the website.

As per Pajhwok Afghan News report, Taliban militants had swized the two pilots in November 2015 when their helicopter crash-landed in northern Faryab province.

A third Moldovan crew member was killed in the incident.

The pilots were reportedly freed on Feb 9.

Their release was achieved "only because of the help provided by the leadership of the Russian Federation, which had responded to my personal request," the Moldovan president was quoted as saying by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

 

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Afghanistan: 2 Moldovan pilots released from Taliban captivity

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