Dozens of prisoners freed from Taliban jail in southern Afghanistan

Above, Afghan local police officers stand at a checkpoint in Helmand. Afghan special forces freed up to 30 prisoners during a raid on a Taliban jail in southern Afghanistan. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2017
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Dozens of prisoners freed from Taliban jail in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Dozens of prisoners were freed by Afghan special forces during a raid on a Taliban jail in southern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
Up to 30 civilians and police were rescued from the prison in Helmand province, where the militants have a large presence, during the operation late Saturday.
Among those released were four teenagers, Helmand police spokesman Abdul Salam Afghan said.
Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, commander of the Afghan National Army’s 215 Corps, said 20 civilians who had been chained up and “a number of police” were sprung from the jail in Nawzad district.
The inmates had been accused by the Taliban of “committing various crimes,” Ahmadzai added.
In a statement the Taliban said the prisoners were all criminals.
The Taliban operates its own courts and prisons in areas under its control. While punishments can be harsh the system is often seen as being more efficient and less corrupt than the official one.


Eight people dead and several others hospitalized after tourist boat accident on lake in Missouri

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Eight people dead and several others hospitalized after tourist boat accident on lake in Missouri

BRANSON: An amphibious vehicle capsized on a lake in Missouri with more than 20 people on board, leading to a “mass casualty incident,” the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District said on Thursday.
Several people were taken to hospital following the incident on the “Ride the Ducks” amphibious vehicle on Table Rock Lake, Stone County, near Branson, Missouri, the fire district said in posts on Twitter.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said there were fatalities when the boat carrying 31 people, some of them children, capsized and sank, television station KY3 News reported.
Rader said he did not know how many people were killed and divers were on the scene searching for passengers, KY3 News reported.
The Stone County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately confirm the report.
Ride The Ducks, a company in Branson, Missouri, that operates amphibious duck vehicles in the area, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Duck amphibious vehicles have been involved in a number fatal accidents around the world in the past two decades, with some sinking or being swamped or others colliding with vehicles.