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Transfer of 5 Gitmo detainees brings 'great happiness': Taleban

Published on Jun 1, 2014 6:15 AM
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military shows an unidentified detainee walking at the excercise yard at "Camp 6" detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in this April 08, 2014, file photo. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - The release of five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo in exchange for that of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, held for five years by the Taleban, was welcomed with “great happiness” by the militants on Sunday.

The decision to release the prisoners, who are currently in Qatar, brought “great happiness and pleasure to (the) Afghan nation and particularly to the Islamic Emirate Mujahideen,” a Taleban statement said.

The statement named the five prisoners as Mohammad Fazl, Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq. A US State Department official also confirmed their identities.

“They were released as a result of indirect contacts by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the United States, and with the help of the Qatar government they have joined their families in Qatar,” it continued.

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