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Afghan security forces rescue 29 from militants in Ghazni province

Twenty-nine passengers have been rescued from militants in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, the provincial government said Saturday.
Afghan security forces rescue 29 from militants in Ghazni province
 The passengers were traveling from Kabul to Kandahar, when a number of militants allegedly affiliated with the Taliban disembarked them from a long-distance bus in Lalum village of Muqur district, and tried to take them to an unknown area late on Friday, the government said in a statement.
The militants were forced to flee after a brief clash with the security forces, leaving all the passengers behind, the statement added.
No one was injured in the conflict resulting in the destruction of a militants' extorting center, according to the statement.
Taliban militants frequently detain civilians and off-duty soldiers from across villages and highways.
The incident came as Afghan and NATO-led coalition forces are observing a week-long reduction of violence period starting from Feb. 22 with the Taliban militants.
However, small-range attacks and clashes still occurred during the period.
 
 
Saturday 29 February 2020 15:07
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