Northern Alliance Captures More than 3,000 Taliban Fighters

Published December 3rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

More than 3,000 Taliban fighters captured during fighting around Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz are being held in a northern Afghanistan prison, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) official said Monday. 

Mazar-i-Sharif fell to the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance on November 9, triggering a rout of the Islamic militia in the north capped by their surrender of Kunduz on November 26 after a two-week siege. 

While no figure was ever given for the number of Taliban surrendering or captured at Mazar-i-Sharif, Northern Alliance officials said some 5,000 Afghan militiamen and 750 foreigners had given up at Kunduz. 

The pro-Taliban foreigners were taken to a prison fortress outside Mazar-i-Sharif and some 450 were killed during a three-day rebellion supressed by alliance forces and US warplanes, alliance officials said – Kabul (AFP)

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