Afghan forces free 100 prisoners from Taliban jail
LASHKARGAH: Afghan commando forces freed more than 100 prisoners from Taliban jails in the Kajaki district, Helmand, they said.
The ANA commandoes raided two Taliban jails in Sur Karez and Deh Baba aeas of Kajaki district and freed 103 hostages including five women and two children from the jails, said Abdul Qadar Bahadarzoi, spokesman of ANA’s 215th Maiwand Corps in Helmand.
Of those freed, only two were identified as local policemen while identity of rest of the people was unclear, he said, adding the free prisoners were shifted to Shorab military base and would be handed over to their respective family after completion of investigations.
A clash also took place during the operation wherein four Taliban were killed and numerous arms and landmines were seized by the security forces.
Bahadarzoi said there was no harm to security forces.
Helmand based journalists were invited to the Shorab base to meet the freed people.
Afghan defense ministry also confirmed the release of more than 100 prisoners during operation conducted by Afghan forces. Local Taliban confirmed that Afghan forces backed by US troops raided two Taliban jails and freed nearly 100 prisoners.
A local Taliban fighter told AIP that mostly criminal prisoners had been kept in the jail, adding the Taliban offered stiff resistance during the operation causing casualties to security forces.
According to local Taliban, airstrike was also conducted during the operation wherein a Taliban fighter and a civilian were killed and three more wounded. The Afghan forces also raided several Taliban jails in the same province in the past and freed dozens of prisoners.