Commandos rescue 27 civilians from Taliban prison

The Afghan security forces have rescued 27 people from a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province, the Defense Ministry (MoD) said Thursday.

The MoD stated that Afghan Commandos launched a rescue operation in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand on Wednesday night.

Twenty-seven people – including a former soldier – were freed from the prison, the MoD added.

“These prisoners were severely tortured by the Taliban, [who] violated all Islamic norms and principles, as well as rights (Human Rights),” a statement issued by the ministry read.

According to the statement, a Taliban militant was killed during the raid.

A number of weapons, ammunition, and radios were also seized by the Afghan soldiers, the statement said.

The Taliban has not commented on this regard.