Sun, 17 Jan 2021

KABUL, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan National Army commandoes have freed 13 people from a Taliban prison in an operation in the southern province of Helmand, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

"The raid was launched in surrounding areas of Washer district Wednesday night. Thirteen compatriots, including a policeman, were freed," the ministry said in a statement.

The freed people would join their families soon, the brief statement said, adding the security forces also confiscated one car, three motorcycles and three telecommunication radios following the raid.

Taliban militants frequently detain civilians and off-duty soldiers from across villages and highways and punish civilians for spying for government security forces.

The militant group has yet to make comments on the report.

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