Taliban release 23 policemen in Badakhshan
FAIZABAD: Of the 36 captives they had kidnapped during the siege of Yamgan district in northeastern Badakhshan province, Taliban have released 23 policemen, an official said on Sunday.
The captives had sought refuge in a cave in the district when it was captured by the militants, Badakhshan police chief Lt. Gen. Fazluddin Ayar told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Mediation by tribal elders helped secure the release of the policemen, he added. Four officials were still in militant captivity, Ayar said, adding efforts had been expedited to ensure their early release.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the deputy head of the intelligence department, police commander Abdul Mobin and Yamgan prison officials were among the captives.
Yamgan district is located 150 kilometres from Faizabad, the provincial capital, and borders Jurm and Karan Wa Manjan districts.