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Uzbek militant women swapped for aid workers in Faryab

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The government has released Uzbek women in exchange for three engineers of a welfare organization captured by militants in Faryab province.

Spokesman for Faryab governor office, Ahmad Javid Baidar, confirmed the release of Uzbek women, detained by Afghan security forces in the province for having links with Uzbek militants. However, he did not provide details about release of the engineers kidnapped by militants.

Insurgents abducted four workers of the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA) around four weeks ago. The militants, later, killed one of the captives. According to an official source in the province, the Taliban set free the three workers of the organization the other day.

According to reports, the militants had demanded release of the Uzbek women in exchange of the engineers. The three Uzbek women arrested in Maimana, the capital city of Faryab province, were family members of Uzbek fighters.

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