Afghan Special Forces raided a Taliban prison in Khashrood district of western Nimroz province early Saturday morning. They freed at least 20 members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) kept captive by the Taliban, Bilal Sarwary an Afghan journalist, posted on Twitter.

Hours later, the Ministry of Defense released a statement confirming the night operation. According to the ministry, seven members of the Taliban, including Mawali Bashir a key commander, were killed in the operation.

The raid followed airstrikes by Afghan Air Force aircraft that killed 22 Taliban members who had gathered in the district on Friday. 

The operation was led by 215 Corps commander General Sami Sadat, a commander well-known for his aggressiveness against the Taliban.