Al least 78 of all 80 people kidnapped by the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab have been freed by the Afghan Nation Police (ANP).
The 80 Afghans were travelling on two buses in Qaramqol district on Sunday evening (7th February 2016) when Taliban Takfiris raided their vehicles and a took them as captives Afghan National Police (ANP) confirmed in their statement.
Police immediately responded with an operation to free the hostages. According to a local police official, the raid saw 78 being freed and only two individuals remained in Taliban captivity.
Faryab is one of the troubled provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government militant groups are involved in acts of terror, including the kidnapping of civilians.
Afghan forces have been engaged in military operations across the country to end the Taliban-led militancy and violence which has been witnessed in the country for more than 14 years.