The Afghan Special Forces have rescued at least twelve people from a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to the local authorities, the operations were conducted by the Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), on Thursday night.

The provincial government media office confirmed in a statement that the NDS Special Forces stormed the hideouts of top Taliban leaders in Nahr-e-Saraj district and rescued 12 people kept as hostages.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in the hideouts of Taliban’s shadow mayor, Mullah Jabar, and Shuja prison.

The Afghan forces have also confiscated some weapons, equipment, and propaganda letters belonging to Taliban group, the statement added.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations and release of prisoners so far.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where Taliban militants are actively operating in some of its districts and often attempt to carry out attacks against the government and security forces.