Afghanistan frees 65 accused militants despite US protest

Afghanistan frees 65 accused militants despite US protest

KABUL: The Afghan government on Thursday morning freed 65 accused militants from a former US prison despite fierce condemnation from the United States.

“The 65 prisoners were freed and walked out of the Bagram prison compound this morning,” Abdul Shukor Dadras, a member of the Afghan government body reviewing the detainees said.

“Their cases were reviewed and we have no reason to keep them in jail.” Dadras added.

On Wednesday, the US called the men “dangerous” fighters, saying the released detainees were likely to return to battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces.

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai had ordered their release several weeks ago from the Parwan Detention Facility‚ drawing angry denunciations from the US and straining relations between the two countries.