45 civilians freed from Taliban jail in Ghazni: police
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Police freed 45 prisoners from a Taliban prison during a raid in southern Ghazni province, officials claimed on Saturday.
Provincial police chief Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the hostages were rescued in Nani Ghond area which borders Paktia province’s Giro district.
Police discovered the location of the Taliban-run jail with the help of some local residents and elements within the insurgent group who had links with police, he said.
Amarkhel said the rebels had imprisoned the 45 persons on the accusation of supporting the government and other crimes.
Hailing from Ghazni, Paktia and Logar provinces, the hostages were rescued after spending six months in captivity.
The police chief said an operation was currently underway in Giro district and many areas had been cleared of insurgents so far.
Elsewhere, insurgents stormed a number of security check posts in Deh Yak district of Ghazni on Saturday, an official said.
The Deh Yak district chief, Mohammad Haroon Bawar, said one policeman was killed and three others injured in the attacks. The attackers had been beaten back and causalities inflicted on them, he added.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the fighters killed 10 government troops in Deh Yak district.
He rejected the claim that police had freed prisoners from a Taliban jail, saying neither such a jail existed in the area nor they had captured civilians.
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