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Kabul: Taliban militants on Sunday set free all 125 police personnel a day after their capture in Badakhshan province, officials said.

An earlier media report said the policemen had joined the Taliban after three days of fighting in the province, over 300 km northeast of Kabul.

“Taliban militants set free all 125 police personnel on Sunday in Tirgaran area of Wardoj district,” district governor Dawlat Mohammad Khawar told Xinhua.

The militants, after three days of fierce fighting, captured a military base in Tirgaran valley on Saturday evening and detained the 125 police personnel.

However, the militants set them free on Sunday afternoon.

Badakhshan police chief General Baba Jan told local media that some officials after reaching deal with the Taliban handed over the control of the military base to the militants.

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This election saw people casting thier votes with the help of biometric systems.

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An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the Parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan.VOA

By Vishvi Gupta

Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections have been eventful with the threat of the Taliban’s attack and the constant violence and chaos that has followed and continues in the country. Out of 8.8. million registered people, 3 million people actually cast their votes in the ballot. The biggest turnout was recorded in Kabul.

The Taliban Militant have urged people not to vote since they see this process as an outsider’s attempt to further control the country. Recently, A candidate of parliamentary elections, Omar Zwak was killed in a bombing attack. The Taliban has since claimed the responsibility of this and many other explosions.

These are the first parliamentary elections since 2010 in Afghanistan that has been half seized by the Taliban. The US-backed government is full of corruption and the citizens of the country do not expect a fair election.

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An Afghan woman casts her vote during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan. VOA

The United Nations have urged people to vote and exercise their ‘constitutional right to vote’. This election also saw people casting their votes with the help of biometric systems that posed a definite obstruction in the process of voting since the trained officials didn’t show up during the voting.

The results of the poll is expected to be released in mid-November.

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