Monday, 14 October 2019

Afghanistan Taliban commanders freed 'in swap for Indian hostages'

Several senior Taliban members have been released in exchange for three kidnapped Indian engineers, sources in the militant group told the BBC

.

The 11 Taliban reported freed included a member of the militant Haqqani group.

The Indians released on Sunday were part of a group of seven engineers kidnapped more than a year ago with their driver in northern Afghanistan.

The news came after the Taliban were said to have met the US peace envoy for the first time since talks collapsed.

Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly met senior members of the group in Pakistan last week, almost a month after President Donald Trump cancelled secret plans to host a Taliban delegation in the US.

Watch: The young face of a brutal war
Tracking a month of killing in Afghanistan
Haqqani: Growth of a militant network
The prisoner swap was one of the issues discussed at the meeting, sources told the BBC.

Three key Taliban figures were released from prison in Afghanistan, according to the source within the militant group, including the former "shadow" governor of Nimroz province.

The New York Times reported that Abdul Rashid Baluch was previously listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Treasury Department. He was accused of deploying suicide bombers and helping finance the Taliban through the drugs trade in Afghanistan.

A second "shadow" governor for Kunar province, and a member of the powerful Haqqani network, which is said to have been behind co-ordinated attacks on both Afghan and Nato forces in recent years, were also said to be among those released.

Another eight militants were freed as part of the deal, the Associated Press news agency reported.

The Taliban commanders had been held in the high-security prison at Bagram, reports said.

The three Indian engineers have not been named. One of the hostages was released in March this year, while the fate of the rest of their colleagues remained unclear.

There was no immediate comment from the Afghan, US or Indian authorities.

The group, who were working at a power station in the northern province of Baghlan, were taken from a vehicle along with their colleagues and an Afghan driver in May 2018.

Kidnappings are a serious problem in Afghanistan, where gangs or militant groups operate in large areas of the country.

Read 8 times
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Login to post comments
Brexit: EU gives go-ahead for
EU countries have given the go-ahead for more "intensified"
Canada election: Key moments
For the first time, all Canada's main party leaders were on
US blacklists China
The US has blacklisted 28 Chinese organisations for their
German lorry attack in
An attack on motorists in the western town of Limburg is
Sweden Ebola: Patient tested
A patient is being tested for a possible case of the Ebola
Extinction Rebellion: PM
Extinction Rebellion protesters on the streets of London
Macron: EU Brexit deal
The EU will decide at the end of the week whether a Brexit
Kansas City: Manhunt after
Four people have been killed in a shooting at a bar in

Features


cache/resized/42ad9aebc0ade9bb1e09d84bdbde68f2.jpg
A man has been
cache/resized/f581ce10554be9d86c5e1bdbb21518bf.jpg
Researchers say
cache/resized/0a665575691932a2d0ffe8e0f3d1a88f.jpg
A law introducing
cache/resized/bdf1c5362e4a36745bbd1d9da16809f1.jpg
US scientists are
cache/resized/d8402c0a2a72bd474b938d6ac8d61dc4.jpg
The Yazidi

Hot News

Featured photos and videos

cache/resized/dfff2ae49c29c9a745a3dd544ea82b1f.jpg
An explosion has caused a fire on an Iranian
cache/resized/3edb77c3b3d7f6229cebe66620407321.jpg
For the first time, all Canada's main party
cache/resized/462f55e1122f30dcb72342279c712eb1.jpg
The US has blacklisted 28 Chinese organisations
cache/resized/c12ad78b67cd37e9a45a4631e504835b.jpg
An attack on motorists in the western town of
cache/resized/c3bb2926dd970c31e67225aebe9a5118.jpg
A patient is being tested for a possible case of
cache/resized/574d1b121e9f5a6f4e9d998fda139102.jpg
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has spoken
cache/resized/c9d5b3d5c197c472f6ff7df43823d919.jpg
While in the past few years protests in Iraq have
cache/resized/259b6d073d7bf69ee36ccff4a6304ca2.jpg
Four people have been killed in a shooting at a
Template Settings

Color

For each color, the params below will give default values
Black Blue Brow Green Cyan

Body

Background Color
Text Color
Layout Style
Select menu
Google Font
Body Font-size
Body Font-family