Tal­iban free 235 vil­lagers in north­ern Afghanistan

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KABUL | The Tal­iban have re­leased 235 vil­lagers held since the in­sur­gents seized con­trol of an area in north­ern Sari Pul prov­ince five days ago, Afghan pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the cap­ture of the area was jointly car­ried out by the Tal­iban and Is­lamic State mil­i­tants. If con­firmed, this will mark the first time the two ri­val mil­i­tant groups have joined forces in bat­tle.

The in­for­ma­tion was gleamed af­ter some of the freed vil­lagers told lo­cal me­dia that they saw both the Tal­iban white ban­ner and the Is­lamic State group’s black flag fly­ing to­gether dur­ing the at­tack. The in­sur­gents were still hold­ing an unknown num­ber of civil­ians.

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