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Taliban speed up govt prisoner release

Kabul, May 1 (IANS) | Publish Date: 5/1/2020 9:00:29 AM IST

The Taliban has released another 52 government prisoners and announced they had sped up the process as part of efforts to “save their lives” from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We have been trying to speed up the prisoner release process to free inmates from our jails because of the coronavirus threat to their lives” Suhail Shaheen, Taliban political spokesman in Qatar, told Efe news on thursday.
The Taliban released 112 prisoners in the past month.
Shaheen said the group was trying to release all prisoners from their jails, not only the 1,000 agreed in the US-Taliban agreement signed in Doha on February 29.

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