The Afghan security forces have rescued 53 hostages from a Taliban prison in southern Zabul province, the Ministry of Interior officials said.

Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said the operation was conducted by Special Forces in Daichupan area of the province.

According to Rahimi, at least 8 militants were also killed during the same operation.

Rahimi further added that 4 Commandos of the Afghan army and 4 police soldiers were also among those rescued during the operation.