Taliban release captive policemen in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The Taliban have released nine policemen they held captive in Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Sunday.
Col. Amanullah, a senior military official, said the release happened by mediation of local elders.
The policemen were taken captive by Taliban militants last week in Tirgaran locality of Warduj district.
But the Taliban said they had released only two policemen in exchange for the release of as many Taliban prisoners from a government jail.
Policemen Salahuddin and Zamanuddin were released in exchange for the release of Taliban fighters Baz Mohammad, son of Abdul Hameed, and Baz Mohammad son of Abdul Nasir, Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, said.
Separately, security forces repulsed a Taliban attack on Yamgan district. Provincial deputy police chief Col. Shakhi Dad said five Taliban militants were killed and eight others wounded during the Saturday night’s attack.
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