Taliban release senior Afghan cleric – Source

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Taliban on Monday released Maulvi Mohammad Sardar Zadran, a former leader of Afghanistan’s highest religious body, after he was briefly arrested.

A police source in Kabul told Sputnik that Zadran, a former commander of the Haqqani Network turned head of religious scholars in the Ulema Council, was taken into custody for a reason that remains unknown.

The council spoke out against the Taliban’s offensive in July and called on the militants to stop violence, weeks before Islamist insurgents captured the capital of Kabul.

It prompted thousands of foreign nationals and their Afghan allies to flee to the airport for fear of reprisals. (Sputnik/NAN)