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Taliban’s claim of releasing 76 Afghan forces false: Security officials

13 Aug 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT News Report

KABUL: The Ministry of Interior has rejected claims of the

Taliban group over releasement of 76 Afghan forces who were under their captivity. 

The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) released a

statement and photos proving that 35 Taliban prisoners were released but the

Taliban have failed to show any poof.

Taliban in a statement issued on August 10, said they have

released 76 Afghan forces in various provinces across the country ono the

occasion of Eid.

Afghan forces have been released in Kunduz, Uruzgan, Khost

and Sar-i-Pul provinces, the statement from group claimed.

However, ministry of interior said so far they haven’t seen

any reports from local security personnel saying any prisoners were released


This part of Taliban’s propaganda, the ministry said in a

statement, adding, Taliban don’t have clear intention to release Afghan


The Taliban should share details of freed Afghan soldiers,

the ministry demanded.

This comes as NDS said 35 Taliban fighters held by the

intelligence agency, were freed by a decree from President Ashraf Ghani, a move

called “good-gesture to persuade the militants for peace”.

Usually the most dangerous Taliban fighters or other

terrorist groups are held in the agency’s detention.

“The government of Afghanistan has kept the door of negotiations open for peace

and a lasting ceasefire so all the war parties put an end to the fighting and

resort to talks,” NDS said in a statement.

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