Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the armed Taliban, in a recent tweet announced the release of 15 more Afghan government prisoners on May 13 in the northern Jawzjan province.
This is the twelfth round of prisoners release by the armed group. Earlier, a total of 261 prisoners of the Afghan government were freed within eleven rounds which took place in the provinces of Kandahar, Laghman, Kunduz, Herat, Badghis and Faryab.
The Afghan security council earlier said the group has release 171 prisoners they held as captives, of which only 105 were from security and defense forces.
However, as a part of prisoner swap to move the Afghan peace process forward, the Afghan government has so far released 1,000 Taliban inmates.
Under a peace accord signed between the United States and the Taliban, the relevant sides are committed to put efforts to release prisoners as a confidence-building measure, with the coordination and approval of all sides involved in the process.
The United States and the Taliban singed a peace pact on February 29 under which the Afghan government was required to free 5,000 Taliban prisoners and for the insurgents to release 1,000 pro-government captives in return.Follow TKG on Twitter & Facebook