Kabul: At least 62 people, including 36 security personnel, have been freed from a Taliban prison in northern Baghlan province on Tuesday night by Afghan Commandos, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday.
The operation was launched in Nawrozak village of Baghlan-e-Markazi district and four Taliban insurgents were killed and “some of their weapons were destroyed”, the statement added.
The Taliban has not yet commented on the operation. On Monday night commandos freed 41 people, including 19 security force members, from a Taliban prison in western Herat province, the Special Operations Corps had said in a statement. Seven Taliban insurgents who were the prison keepers were killed during the operation.
Meanwhile, at least five national security force members were killed at 8am on Wednesday in an ambush by Taliban insurgents in the Abdul district, 15km south of Qala-e-Naw city in Badghis province, said Abdul Aziz Beg, chairman of the Badghis Provincial Council.
Bodies of the five security personnel had been taken to the provincial hospital.
In Badakhshan province too, over 500 families fled after the Taliban after they invaded the Yaftal district. For two days now, the Taliban have attacked the villages of Shokrleb, Ghazanak, Sarun and several other villages.
Families fled to the center of Yaftal Payan district and the city of Faizabad with the assistance of the government and Nick Mohammad Nazari, spokesperson for the Badakhshan governor, said on Wednesday, that eight Taliban insurgents had been killed and 15 others were wounded, including Abdul Rahman Ammar, the Taliban’s shadow district governor for Shahr-e Bozorg district.
He added that two members of the uprising forces had been killed and another wounded in the clashes.
Badakhshan Governor Mohammad Zakaria Soda also flew to the Yaftal district center on Tuesday. Officials say the reason for the slowdown is the Taliban’s use of local residents as human shields.
Local sources say the Taliban have captured three villages, destroyed several houses, killed three uprising forces and mutilated their bodies.