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Afghan Forces Free 149 Hostages Taken By Taliban In Ambush

Agencies (Qasioun) - Afghan forces launched a lightning operation in northern Kunduz province on Monday, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials said.

 

By mid-afternoon, fighting was still underway in the area to free 21 remaining hostages, officials added.

 

The operation was a boost for Afghan forces, which have struggled to contain a resurgent Taliban on battlefields across the country.

 

On Monday morning, the Taliban ambushed a convoy of three buses travelling on a road in the Khan Abad district, and forced everyone to come with them, according to Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

 

Source: Associated Press