Taleban releases kidnapped Afghan female MP, militants say
KABUL (AFP) - The Taleban claimed on Saturday that an Afghan female MP held hostage by the militant group since August 10 has been freed in exchange for six prisoners who were relatives of their fighters.
Ms Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, one of the 69 female Afghan MPs in the 249-seat of the lower house of Afghanistan's Parliament, and her three children were taken at gunpoint last month by insurgents in the central province of Ghazni on the main highway from Kabul to Kandahar city.
The children were later released. Afghan local officials claimed they were freed as the result of a rescue operation, while some local elders said that ransom money had been paid.
On Saturday, Taleban insurgents claimed Kakar herself was released in exchange for four women and two children who were being held by the government because they were wives and children of Taleban fighters.