The Taliban, which was removed from power by US-led forces in 2001, has been waging a bloody rebellion against the country’s Western-backed government [Parwiz/Reuters]

Afghan captives held by the Taliban have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, the UN said.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said on Sunday it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban.

The group mainly consisted of members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials.

The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province.

Most of the captives were held since 2018, with three since 2016, the UNAMA

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