Faryab prosecutor, ANA officer escape Taliban’s captivity
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A prosecutor and two Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel have managed to escape Taliban’s captivity in western Farah province, local officials said on Friday.
Col. Niamatullah Toofan, police chief for Dawlatabad district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the escapees included Abdul Basir, an appellate court attorney in Faryab who was kidnapped 10 months ago.
He identified the ANA soldiers Mohammad Omar and Qurban Nazar, residents of northern Takhar province who were seized by the insurgents in Dawlatabad six months back. Last night, the trio escaped from Taliban captors.
After fleeing Taliban’s jail, the men informed police over the telephone. Security forces came to their rescue and took them to safety on motorbikes.
Abdul Basir said: “I work in the counter-narcotics section of the attorney office. Ten months back, I was seized by the Taliban in the Jangal area of Dawlatabad. I was on my way to Kabul when ordered down the car…”
He added: "During 10 months, the Taliban beat, insulted and humiliated me. Several government officials including security personnel were killed in front of my eyes.
“A week ago, the Pakistani sheikhs ordered our shifting to Shakh area. They also issued orders for my killing. But I managed to escape along with the two ANA soldiers,” Abdul Basir told this scribe.
Meanwhile, a source in the Faryab Attorney Office confirmed Abdul Basir’s release. However, he believed the Taliban themselves had freed the official.
Mohammad Omar, an officer of the 209th Shaheen Military Corps, said: "I was kidnapped along with Qurban Nazar in Jangal area, where the vehicle we were travelling in was intercepted by the Taliban six months ago.”
He added the Taliban had sought the release of their shadow governor in exchange for his freedom. The militant leader had been detained during an operation led by Vice-President General Abdul Rashid Dostum in Dawlatabad.
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