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Taliban captives say they endured torture in captivity

Taliban captives say they endured torture in captivity

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Apr 27, 2019 - 17:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some of the freed prisoners from Talibaninfo-icon’s jails say they endured torture during their captivity.

Fifty-three security personnel were freed from Taliban prisons recently during Afghan commando forces operations backed by foreign forces in central Uruzgan province.

Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid, while addressing a gathering in Kabul, said the captive security personnel were freed from a Taliban prison in Khas Uruzgan district.

In his message to security personnel and civilians still in Taliban’s captivity, Khalid said: “We know, you may hear our voices, Afghan commando forces would soon reach you and make you free.”

NATOinfo-icon and US Forces Commander Gen. Scott Miller, who was present on the occasion, said: “I want to congratulate the Afghan Army for rescuing their people. We come here to welcome the newly released security personnel who will join their families.”

“The Taliban launched operation Al Fatah against the Afghan values. We strive to reduce violence, for the sake of Afghans, we support and cooperate with the Afghan army and police,” he said.

Prisoners Complaints

Atiqullah, a resident of Badakhshan and an army soldier, said he spent 21 months in the Taliban prison. He said he endured torture in the Taliban prison.  “We worked digging ditches from dawn to dust and received two times meal,” he said.

Yar Mohammad, one of the Afghan commandos, who was also freed from the Taliban prison, said he spent nine months in captivity.

He also complained he was tortured during captivity and said the Taliban forced them to dig several meters ditch on a daily basis. He said the Taliban beat and harmed prisoners.

Shamim, a resident of Kot district whose brother was among those freed, said he was very happy to see his brother after two years. “I could not believe I will see him alive.”

The Taliban have not commented about the release of prisoners from their detention facility in Uruzgan province.

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