Around 600 Taliban prisoners were freed by the Afghan government from Bagram prison on Tuesday, in the largest single release since a peace deal was signed between the US and the Taliban earlier this year.
The government considers the ongoing release of some 2,000 Taliban prisoners nationwide to be a «goodwill gesture» in response to the Taliban's announcement of a three-day ceasefire on Sunday, the day that coincided with Eid al-Fitr, a major holiday in Islam. The release is also aimed at encouraging the Taliban to engage in further peace talks, according to government officials.
The prisoner release was part of an exchange of captives that has seen the Taliban free some 300 government personnel so far. The swap is part of the peace deal signed between the US and the Taliban earlier this year.