Afghanistan: Over 50 bus passengers rescued from Taliban
Afghan forces are seen through the shattered glass of a bus caught in a roadside bombing in Kabul. Improvised explosives are one of the main causes of civilian casualties. (AFP/File)
The security personnel rescued dozens of passengers from militants in northern Faryab province, officials claimed on Saturday, Pajhwok reports.
More than 50 passengers, travelling from Maimana to Kabul, were disembarked from three buses in Shekhha area on Friday evening, the Daulatabad district chief, Col. Naimatullah Tofan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
But the Taliban were forced to flee the area, leaving all the passengers but one, he said, Zabit was taken away by the militants. It is not yet clear whether or not he had government job.
One of the passengers, Najibullah, said one of the men was injured by the Taliban during an exchange fire. Some passengers, including children and women, hid in a forest from 4:45pm to 9pm.
Director of Miladpaima Transport Service Noor Mohammad said one of the buses belonged to his firm. The driver and conductor escaped, but when the road was reopened, they took the passengers to Kabul.
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