Tal­iban free 235 vil­lagers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Tal­iban in­sur­gents re­leased 235 civil­ians held since seiz­ing con­trol of an area in north­ern Sari Pul prov­ince five days ago, pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials con­firmed on Wed­nes­day. Zabi Amani, spokesman for the pro­vin­cial gover­nor, said the civil­ians were re­leased af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Tal­iban and tribal el­ders. The in­sur­gents were still hold­ing an un­known num­ber of civil­ians, he said.

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