Mon, 06 Jul 2020

Taliban outfit sets free 36 Afghan detainees

Xinhua
06 Jun 2020, 19:44 GMT+10

FARAH, Afghanistan, June 6 (Xinhua) -- The Taliban outfit in the latest round of prisoners swap has set free 36 persons from its custody in the western Farah province and handed them over to security forces on Saturday.

However, Mohammad Shuaib Sabit, the governor for Farah province asserted that some of the released persons were civilians.

The exchange of prisoners is part of the U.S.-Taliban so-called peace deal that inked in Doha on Feb. 29 to facilitate the intra-Afghan dialogue for finding a political solution to Afghanistan's prolonged war and withdrawal of the U.S.-led forces from the country.

Under the agreement, the Afghan government has to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners for the exchange of 1,000 security forces languishing in Taliban custody.

More than 2,000 Taliban and some 400 government men have reportedly been released by both sides since March.

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