AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Fifty-two inmates including women were released following a presidential decree in the western Herat province, an official said on Wednesday.
Gen. Abdullah Aziz, in charge of the prison, told Pajhwok Afghan News the release orders were issued International Women’s Day, Eid festival and the advent of Ramadan.
“The prisoners were involved in cases of robbery, traffic accidents and others and had served most of their jail terms. Women were among the beneficiaries,” he added.
These prisoners were released officially, however days before (Monday) Afghan Special Forces raided several Taliban jails in southwestern Helmand province and released at least 101 hostages including civilians from Taliban captivity.
Spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Dawlat Waziri, said the Afghan commandos conducted the operations last night in Marjah, Nahr-e-Saraj and Nawzad districts of the province, areas under the Taliban control.
The exact identity and number of civilians and security forces among the hostages has not been disclosed as the related organs are still working to categorize the rescued persons, Waziri said, who did not provide any information on whether there were casualties among security forces or the Taliban during the raids.