59 Held Captive by Taliban Freed in Special Operation

AFAFGHANISTAN: Nearly 59 individuals who were held captive by Taliban militants in Greshk and Nahr Siraj districts in Helmand were freed in a special military operation by Army Commando troops on Friday night.

The Defense Ministry spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, said the special operation was launched on Friday and the hostages were freed in a special operation by Army Commando troops in areas which were under control of Taliban.

In a press briefing on Saturday, Waziri said: “Our special forces launched a military operation last night [Friday night] and surrounded the Taliban’s prison and killed those militants that resisted them [special forces].”

He added: “There were 59 prisoners that all were freed and the military operation was completed in 30 minutes.”

About identity of the captives he said: “Among the 59 individuals, 37 were army troops, seven of them were police force members and the remaining were civilians.” -Tolonews

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