The Taliban have released abducted teachers and students of the Kandahar University in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Monday.
Their release was made possible by intervention from International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Deputy Governor of Ghazni Mohammad Ali Ahmad told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He did not give further details, but one of the freed teachers -- Javed -- said the insurgents had kidnapped them. He added 10 teachers were still in Taliban’s captivity.
Earlier, the administrative chief of Giro district, Abdullah Kherkhwa, said among 10 of the abducted teachers had been shifted to Pakistan.
But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said all the 23 university teachers and students had been released in Nawa district. The remaining 10 could not reach the district due to a transportation problem.
Meanwhile, Kandahar University Chancellor Dr. Hazrat Mir Totakhel confirmed the release and said the teachers had been reunited with their families.
Source:Pajhwok news agency