Afghan-US Forces Free 40 From Taliban Prison

A joint Afghan and US Special Forces operation successfully liberated at least 40 Afghan security personnel from a Taliban prison in Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, the United States Forces-Afghanistan said in a press release on Friday.

The operation started Thursday night. After securing the prison the troops managed to free more than 40 detainees in a Taliban jail comprised of security personnel from Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and border guards.

The liberated inmates were then handed over to the authorities of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to receive medical care, read the statement.

However, details around their initial capture remain uncertain, the press release read.

The embattled Helmand province has witnessed ongoing violence in recent months followed by a number of major Taliban offensives against Afghan forces. Both sides have sustained large numbers of casualties.

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