Eleven senior members of Afghanistan’s Taliban group have been set free in exchange for three abducted Indian engineers.
Among The Taliban members reported freed was a high-ranking commander of the militant Haqqani Network.
The Indians released on Sunday were part of a group of seven engineers kidnapped more than a year ago with their driver in northern Afghanistan, a source within the Taliban insurgency told the BBC.
The news came after the Taliban were said to have met the Afghan-born US peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, for the first time since talks collapsed.
Mr. Khalilzad reportedly met senior members of the group in Pakistan last week, almost a month after President Donald Trump cancelled secret plans to host a Taliban delegation in the US.