Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages: Reports

The Afghan Taliban said it has freed three Indian engineers held hostage for over a year in an exchange for securing the release of 11 of its members, including some high-ranking officials of the militant group, according to media reports on Monday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, two Taliban officials refused to say who the militant group exchanged the prisoners with and whether the freed Taliban members were being held by Afghan authorities or U.S forces in Afghanistan, 'The Express Tribune' reported.

However, the 'Associated Press' reported that the 11 militants were released from Afghan jails.

The prisoner swap happened on Sunday, the paper quoted the Taliban officials as saying, but it did not disclose the location.

Seven Indian engineers working for a power plant in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan Province were kidnapped in May 2018.