More than 100 prisoners freed from Taliban custody in Helmand
HELMAND: Afghan Special Forces have freed more than 100 prisoners including women and children from the captivity of Taliban in the southern province of Helmand.
Army spokesman Abdul Qadeir Bahadorzai said the early morning operation on May 31 freed 103 people held in two prisons run by the Taliban in Kajaki district. Bahadorzai said four militants were killed in the gun battle. The Taliban didn’t immediately comment on the matter.
Jawid Saleem, a spokesman for elite commando units, put the number of the freed captives at 102, saying they had been held for a year.
Most of them were said to be civilians and included five women, two children, and three police officers.
They were captured for different reasons ranging from cooperating with Afghan security forces to being a member of the local police force, Saleem said.
According to him, the prisoners were kept in bad conditions with a lack of proper food and health care and were tortured.
Omar Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand’s governor, said they will soon join their families but were still being held by Afghan forces.