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Afghan Taliban release all 25 abducted bus passengers in Helmand

Staff Report

KABUL -- The Afghan Taliban June 22 freed all 25 passengers whom they abducted from a bus in Helmand Province one day earlier, provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zwak said, according to TOLO News.

The Taliban kidnapped the passengers from a bus that they halted on the Kabul-to-Kandahar highway. They released 20 other passengers on the spot before taking away the 25 hostages.

Meanwhile, a bomb planted on a motorcycle injured an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander in Charikar city, Parwan Province, June 22, Khaama Press reported.

The explosion took place near the provincial government office, provincial criminal investigation department chief Gen. Abdul Samad Zalmai said.

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