19 suspected militants and kidnappers held; 37 freed in Afghanistan

Staff Report

KABUL -- Afghan forces recently detained at least 16 suspected militants and three suspected kidnappers while freeing 37 hostages throughout Afghanistan.

Security personnel broke up three Taliban cells in Kandahar Province, seizing 14 suspected militants and a cache of weapons, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a November 15 statement, according to TOLO News. The Afghanistan Times gave the number of arrestees as 15.

The Taliban suspects confessed to killing seven civil servants, TOLO News reported.

Meanwhile, troops November 15 arrested two boys aged 12 and 14 in Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Khaama Press reported, quoting local sources. The boys were "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) recruits who came from Faryab Province, according to authorities, Khaama Press reported.

Afghan forces late November 15 rescued 36 civilians imprisoned in a Taliban-run jail in Gereshk District, Helmand Province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said, according to Khaama Press. The militants fled.

In Farah Province, the NDS recently rescued a kidnapped six-year-old boy and detained three suspected abductors, the NDS said November 15, according to TOLO News.

The boy was kidnapped 40 days ago.

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