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Taliban set free 10 hostages in Sar-i-Pul

Taliban set free 10 hostages in Sar-i-Pul

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Mar 29, 2011 - 16:31

SAR-I-PUL CITY (PANinfo-icon): Militants on Tuesday freed 10 of 18 people in their captivity two weeks after they were kidnapped in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said.

The released captives included two womeninfo-icon, Sayad district chief, Mir Hassan Sajjadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the Talibaninfo-icon abducted the 18 after militants from their area joined the peace process.

The victims were travelling to the provincial capital, Sar-i-Pul city, when they were taken hostage, deputy provincial police chief, Col. Jahangir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Two of the released men had injuries on their backs. They were freed with the help of tribal elders, the police official said, accusing the Taliban of torturing the captives.

The district chief said the released had no links with the militant group that surrendered to the government.

Officials say a 14-member militant group active in the same district under the command of a rebel leader, Salehi, had joined the government-initiated peace process two weeks ago.

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