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61 people freed from Taliban prison in southern Afghanistan


Kabul    –     Special forces have freed 61 prisoners from a Taliban controlled jail in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday.

Spokesman Jawid Saleem said that the prisoners were freed after an operation conducted by the forces in the province’s Kajaki district on Thursday.

He said at least two Taliban militants were shot dead during the rescue mission.

“The prisoners were jailed for alleged offences, including cooperating with the government to spy on the Taliban and not abiding by the militants’ rules.

“They were kept in poor conditions, not fed properly and were often tortured by the militants.

“They are now in a military facility in Helmand and will rejoin their families later on Friday,’’ Salem said.

He said over 350 prisoners had been released from four Taliban prisons in Helmand over the past three months.

According to the latest report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the insurgents control nine of 14 districts in Helmand and 56 per cent of the population.

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