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Hostage swap: Taliban commanders, Indians freed

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.

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