Atleast 30 People Rescued In Afghan Raid On Taliban Prison

Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, army and provincial officials reported.

Those rescued in the raid in Helmand’s Nawzad district included 4 children under the age of 12 and two policemen, the officials said. Twenty of the people had been arrested by the Taliban in connection with helping the government or were family members of Afghan army and police.

Atleast 30 People Rescued In Afghan Raid On Taliban Prison

The reasons for the jailing of six of those rescued was still being investigated, said Abdul Qadir Bahadurzai, a deputy spokesman for the army’s 215th Maiwand military corps.

The Taliban said in a statement that the people rescued were criminals accused of robbery, kidnapping, personal disputes and other crimes and were awaiting trial.

 Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said in the statement; “There wasn’t anyone belonging to the enemy in that prison and there wasn’t enough security for it.”

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