The Taliban group has claimed that the Islamic State’s offshoot in Afghanistan is planning attacks against the Taliban prisoners who are going to be released in Kabul in the near future.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokespreson for Taliban group said “Based on accurate intelligence reports and documents, the Islamic Emirate warns that there exists a grave security threat against the safety of the remaining prisoners to be released from Puli Charkhi prison.”
“A group of Daesh gunmen in coordination and cooperation with Kabul administration intelligence, some military personnel and prison check post commanders plan to conduct an attack against vehicles that are to transfer the remaining released prisoners,” he claimed in a statement.
Mujahid went on to claim that “They seek to disrupt the negotiations process with this crime and exact revenge on the prisoners.”
“The Islamic Emirate has serious concerns regarding this issue and notifies all involved sides to take preventative measures and execute the prisoner transfer process with utmost care and safety,” the statement said, adding that “If, God forbid, anything unfortunate were to happen then all those sides will be held responsible whom have shown negligence in this regard.”
This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani recently signed a decree for the release of the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners who are considered as the most dangerous inmates.
President Ghani took the step after the members of Consultative Loya Jirga approved the release of the remaining Taliban inmates in a bid to pave the way for the launch of intra-Afghan talks.