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Three Indian hostages released in exchange for 11 militants

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Afghan Taliban released 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 militants on Monday including important leaders.

Indian engineers working at a power station were abducted by the Taliban in May last year. Along with the 4 others were also abducted from the village located in the northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

Swapping of 11 militants with the 3 Indian hostages was done in the early hours of Sunday at an undisclosed location. The exchange of prisoners comes after a meeting between US special envoy to Afganistan Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban leaders.

The released Afghan Taliban includes important leaders like Sheikh Abdul Rahim and Maulvi Abdur Rashid. Along with three Indians, one Australian and one US citizen will also be released.

Indian foreign ministry thanked the Afghan government for the release and repatriation of the Indian nationals.

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