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60 inmates freed from Taliban prison

A joint mission by Afghan and U.S. special forces freed at least 60 Afghan security personnel from a Taliban prison overnight.

A helicopter assault mission was conducted in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan Thursday night, involving Afghan Special Security Forces’ ground element, along with Afghan Special Mission Wing.

According to Col. Pat Ryder, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, “No U.S. military personnel were on the ground, and the assault was considered a joint mission because U.S. aircraft provided “intelligence support and surveillance” from above, he added.

The 60 freed prisoners included Afghan police, Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police members and all freed prisoners were taken to the Ministry of Defence authorities for medical care.

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