Dangerous detainees being freed today: US
Some of the detainees from the group were directly linked to attacks killing or wounding 32 US or coalition personnel and 23 Afghan security members or civilians, the US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said.
Violent criminals who harmed Afghans and threatened the security of Afghanistan should face justice in the Afghan courts, where a fair and transparent trial would determine their guilt or innocence, it added.
The 65 detainees include Mohammad Wali, apprehended in Helmand province in May 2013, a suspected Taliban explosives expert who reportedly emplaced IEDs targeting ANSF and coalition forces, according to a statement from USFOR-A.
He was biometrically linked to two IED incidents, plus a latent fingerprint match to another IED in Helmand. Wali’s personal property tested positive for multiple types of explosives in an explosive residue test after his capture.
Nek Mohammad is another detainee, set to be freed today. He was captured in Kandahar province in May 2013 on charges of facilitating rocket attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was apprehended with several 107mm artillery shells, mortar rounds and IED components.
Also being released is Mohammadullah, who was held in Paktia in May last year. Believed to be a Haqqani network IED specialist, he builds and emplaces explosive devices. Mohammadullah was biometrically linked to an IED and tested positive for four types of explosives.
Ehsanullah, captured in Paktia, is a suspected Haqqani network commander who plans IED operations and attacks against ANSF and coalition forces. He was biometrically matched to a radio-controlled IED and tested positive for two types of explosives.
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