Afghan special forces free 61 from Taliban prisons

Afghan Special Forces have freed 61 captives held by the Taliban in an operation in the country’s southern province of Helmand, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

Acting on a confirmed tip-off, the commando units waged a special operation against two Taliban prisons in Helmand’s Kajaki district, releasing 61 people from Taliban custody, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, at least two Taliban militants were killed and seven others arrested during the rescue mission. The freed prisoners and the Taliban detainees were transferred to the provincial army headquarters.

The prisoners were held in poor conditions, infcluding a lack of proper food and health care. They were also tortured.

Hundreds of prisoners have been freed from Taliban prisons by Afghan security forces in Helmand Province in recent months. On May 31, Afghan special forces freed 103 people held at two sites run by the Taliban in Kajaki district, a stronghold of the militant group.

Source: International Islamic News Agency