KABUL - The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday it had freed the remaining four of eight Turkish civilians detained last month, adding it hoped the gesture would improve ties with Ankara.
The eight were taken captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province when their helicopter was forced to make a “hard landing” last month. The first four were freed earlier this week.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan anticipates that relations with the Muslim nation of Turkey and its government will become close,” the Taliban said in a statement, using the formal name for themselves.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the four had been handed over to Turkish officials and were en route to the embassy in Kabul, he told reporters in Ankara.