Monday 20 August 2018 | 3:37 PM Damascus Local Time
  • Afghan Forces Free 149 Hostages Taken By Taliban In Ambush

    Contributed By: Talal Kharrat - Edited By : Talal Kharrat


    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


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