Taliban release 7 abducted Afghan soldiers in Badakhshan
By Ghanizada - Sat Sep 21 2013, 1:53 pm
Wardooj district chief Dawlat Mohammad Khawar confirming the report said the national army soldiers were freed after local tribal elders met with the Taliban militants to broker talks for the freedom of the abducted soldiers.
Mr. Khawar further added that a military operation will be launched in the near future to clear the area from militants activities.
dozens of Afghan police officers were killed or injured and several others were kidnapped following an ambush by Taliban militants in Wardooj district last week.
The incident took place late Wednesday in Wardooj district, leaving at least 23 police officers dead and 21 others wounded. Provincial councilchief Mawlavi Zabiullah Atiq said that Taliban militants had kidnapped almost 24 other police officers with them.
However, local officials later said that the ambush left at least 18 Afghan security forces dead, and dozens of others were abducted following the attack, who were taken to an unknown location by Taliban militants.
Wardooj is among the most volatile regions in north-easter Badakhshan province where Taliban militants are openly operating. Afghan national security forces recently conducted an operation to clear the area from militants.
The operation “Hindukush” was launched by Afghan special forces earlier this month, and Afghan security officials recently announced that the operation ended in Wardooj district after the area was cleared.