The Afghan Taliban mentioned it has freed three Indian engineers held hostage for over a 12 months in an trade for securing the discharge of 11 of its members, together with some high-ranking officers of the militant group, in accordance with a media report on Monday.
The prisoner swap occurred on Sunday, The Express Tribune quoted two Taliban officers as saying, nevertheless it didn’t disclose the placement. The Taliban officers spoke on situation of anonymity, citing what they described because the delicate nature of the difficulty, the paper cited a RFE/RL report.
The officers refused to say who the militant group exchanged the prisoners with and whether or not the freed Taliban members have been being held by Afghan authorities or US forces in Afghanistan.
The officers mentioned the freed Taliban leaders embrace Sheikh Abdur Rahim and Mawlawi Abdur Rashid, who had served because the rebel group’s governors of Kunar and Nimroz provinces respectively through the Taliban administration earlier than it was deposed by the US-led forces in 2001.
The Taliban officers supplied a photograph and pictures of what they mentioned was the freed militants being greeted after their launch.
There was no quick remark from Afghan or Indian authorities.
Seven Indian engineers working for an influence plant in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan Province have been kidnapped in May 2018. No group has claimed accountability for his or her abduction. One of the hostages was launched in March, however the destiny of the others stays unknown.