Taliban release two Western hostages in Afghanistan: Police, insurgent sources

Afghan security personnel escort arrested alleged Taliban and ISIS militants during an operation in Jalalabad province on October 1, 2019. (AFP)

The Taliban released two Western hostages, held captive since 2016, in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, insurgent sources and a police official told AFP.

“This morning at around 10:00 a.m. two American University professors were released in Nawbahar district of Zabul province. They were flown out of Zabul by American helicopters,” a local police source said.

Three Taliban sources in the province also said that Kevin King of the United States and Australian Timothy Weeks had been released. There was no immediate comment from the US embassy in Afghanistan.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56