Afghan special forces have freed 58 prisoners, including civilians and security personnel, from a Taliban prison in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, military officials said Tuesday.
The operation, during which four Taliban members were arrested, took place late Monday at a prison in Musaqala district, the Army’s Special Operation Corps spokesperson, Abdul Qayum Nuristani, said in a statement.
“All 58 prisoners who were imprisoned by Taliban in this jail were safely rescued,” Nuristani said.
Among those rescued are 15 police officers and four soldiers; some of them had been in the custody of the Taliban for several years, the spokesperson added.
Those rescued were taken to a military camp before returning home, Nuristani added.
Afghan security forces have carried out similar operations in insurgent prisons over recent months; 105 civilians, including two children, were freed in May.