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U.S. helicopters and hundreds of troops were searching on Friday for soldiers who went missing in Afghanistan just before a helicopter coming to their aid was shot down, while the Taliban claimed to be holding one American.
On Friday Hakimi, whose information has often proved unreliable, said guerrillas in Kunar captured an American soldier on Wednesday who had been aboard the helicopter when it crashed.
"He was trying to escape up the mountain when our mujahideen (holy warriors) caught him," he said.
Asked what evidence the Taliban had that they were holding a U.S. soldier, he replied: "The Americans have announced themselves that some of their soldiers are missing.
"We don't need to tell lies. When we kill him, we will tell the Americans to go and get the body and that will be the proof."