The Afghan National Army Special Forces have released 59 hostages from the captivity of Taliban militants in southern Helmand province, the Khaama Press reported.
A statement released by the Ministry of Defense on Saturday morning states that the hostages were released from Taliban hideouts in Nahr-e-Saraj District last night.
The press release further states that Taliban had locked up these people on different pretexts who are now at Camp Shorabak or Camp Bastion.
The statement does not provide further details.
General Ayoub Salangin the Senior Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs has also confirmed the report through a post on his official twitter account.
“Special Forces have released 59 people from a Taliban prison in Nahr-e-Saraj District of Helmand,” the post reads.
This comes as Helmand province has been witnessing some its worst days. Bloody clashes have been erupting between security forces and Taliban in parts of it.
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