Afghan Taliban release villagers held after attack

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 08, 2017 11:22 PM

SAR-E PUL, Afghanistan, (Reuters) - The Taliban released 235 villagers held after the insurgents captured a village in the northern province of Sar-e Pul, a senior provincial official said.

Provincial Governor Zahir Wadat said the people from Mirza Olang village had arrived in Sar-e Pul, the main town of the province, although some others were still with the Taliban.

After days of waiting for additional troops to arrive, security forces would soon begin a clearance operation to retake the village, he said.

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The village was overrun at the weekend, with as many as 50 local people and militia members killed.

(Reporting by Abdul Matin Sahak; Editing by Stephen Coates)