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Attack planned on 400 Taliban prisoners: Mujahid

Attack planned on 400 Taliban prisoners: Mujahid

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Aug 12, 2020 - 19:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon on Wednesday claimed receiving credible intelligence about a planned attack on vehicles which would carry the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners from the Pul-i-Charkh prison.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, “The Islamic Emirates warns the Kabul administration based on accurate and well-documented intelligence information about a serious security threat to the process of releasing the remaining prisoners from the Pul-i-Charkhi prison.”

He said, “An ISIS group, with the help of government intelligence, some military personnel and commanders of the prison’s security checkpoints, intend to attack vehicles that will transport the remaining prisoners from Pul-i-Charkh jail.”

According to him, the Taliban were deeply concerned about this and asked all parties to take measures to prevent the threat.

He urged the authorities concerned to carefully and safely shift their prisoners, otherwise they would be responsible.

According to Mujahid, those who planned the attack wanted to interrupt the peace process and take revenge from the prisoners.

Tariq Aryan, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs, told Pajhwok Afghan News that it would be better to ask the National Security Council (NSC) in this regard.

Pajhwok made a contact with NSC spokesman Javid Faisal via whatsapp but he is yet to say something in this regard.

As part of the Feb. 29 peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, Kabul freed 5,000 Taliban inmates and, in return, the militant movement released 1,000 government soldiers.

On the first day of EidulAdah, President Ashraf Ghani suggested convening the Loya Jirga to decide the fate of the 400 prisoners on a Taliban list handed to his administration.

The Loya Jirga commenced on Friday and issued a resolution on Sunday, approving the release of the 400 Taliban prisoners who, the government says, are involved in high-profile attacks.

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