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KABUL — The Taliban said Wednesday it has released the last of eight Turkish civilians it seized last month. But the insurgents offered no guarantees about the fate of the other three men captured with them.

The eight Turkish road engineers — along with the flight crew consisting of a Russian, a Kyrgyz and an Afghan — were detained by insurgents after their Mi-8 helicopter went down in Logar province on April 22.

The first four Turks were released on Monday and the rest on Wednesday, according to Taliban statements.

Releases on their website said the gesture was intended to show “good will, human and Islamic sympathy and regard for the Muslim Turkish Nation,” and expressed hope the Turkish government would help bring the two countries closer together.

According to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the Turkish prisoners were a priority because the insurgents wanted to show their friendship with that country. They were released once the insurgents finished interrogating them.

He said the other three captives were still being questioned and that he could not predict what would happen to them.

The Turkish Embassy in Kabul could not confirm the Turkish captives’ release, and said it had no further information at this time.

Zubair Babakarkhail contributed to this report

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