‘101 prisoners freed from Taliban jails in Helmand’
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday said more than 100 people had been freed from Taliban-run prisons in three districts of southern Helmand province, a claim the rebels rejected.
The MoD in a statement said Special Security Forces raided Taliban-run jails in Marja, Nawzad and Nehr-i-Siraj district last night, freeing 101 prisoners.
However, the statement did not say if the prisoners were civilians, security forces or both.
The Helmand governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, only confirmed the operation by the special forces in Marja district.
The 215 Maiwant Military Corps media office in Helmand expressed their unawareness about the incident.
But a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, denied the Taliban had prisons in the three districts.
“We strongly reject the claim that 100 people have been freed from captivity of the mujahideen,” he said.
He said security forces conducted a raid in the Marja district and detained three civilians.
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