Fri, September 28, 2012

NATO says troops free 3 Afghans abducted by Taliban

2012-09-28 05:58:14 GMT2012-09-28 13:58:14(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KABUL, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The NATO-led coalition forces had freed three civilians kidnapped by the Taliban six days ago in southern Afghan province of Kandahar, the coalition forces confirmed on Friday.

"An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol rescued three Afghans who were being held hostage by Taliban in Panjwai district, Kandahar province yesterday," the coalition said in a press release.

"The ISAF unit, Task Force Arrowhead, observed a number of insurgents load three men, bound and blindfolded, onto a trailer towed by a tractor and move toward a small village. The ISAF patrol pursued and stopped the tractor, at which point the insurgents attempted to flee," it said, adding that three captors were also captured, who were later identified as Taliban members.

The freed men were released by ISAF to Panjwai district officials in the province, some 450 km south of Kabul.

The Taliban insurgents, who have been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, have yet to make comments.

Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban, has seen increasing militancy despite continued military operations there.


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