Taliban ‘releases US and Australian hostages in swap deal’

The Taliban says it has freed two hostages in a swap for the release of three of its commanders.

Kevin King, from the US, and Timothy Weeks, from Australia, were released hours after the Afghan government freed three Taliban commanders and sent them to Qatar.

Taliban officials said Mr King and Mr Weeks, both professors at the American University of Kabul, were freed in the Now Bahar district in Zabul in southern Afghanistan.

The region is largely under the terror group’s control.

It is not known whether the professors were handed over to Afghan government representatives, intermediaries, or US forces.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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