Taliban release 235 hostages after Afghanistan ‘massacre’

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP / by Hamid Fahim | Map of Afghanistan locating Sayad district

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (AFGHANISTAN) (AFP) – The Taliban released 235 hostages from a remote village in northern Afghanistan where it allegedly massacred around 50 civilians along with Islamic State insurgents but others were still feared held, officials said Tuesday.

“This evening 235 people including women and children were released from Mirzawalang as a result of mediation by the local elders and provincial officials,” Zabihullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told AFP.

“They have been safely evacuated to Sar-e Pul city, but there are still an unknown number of people being kept hostage there,” he added.

An Afghan security source said he thought there were still around 100 people being held hostage in Mirzawalang, situated in the Sayad district of Sar-e Pul province, after insurgents captured it at the weekend.

Taliban and IS fighters killed around 50 men…

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