Taliban free 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan
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.