Peshawar - Taliban on Thursday released 17 students after over three months of captivity who mistakenly crossed the border from the country’s northwest into Afghanistan, officials said.

More than 30 young people aged between 20 and 30 were kidnapped from Bajaur tribal region during celebrations marking the Eid holiday in September 2011. “Today Taliban have released 17 of them, some 8-10 are yet in their custody,” Bajaur administration official Islam Zeb said. Zeb at the time said the boys had been abducted by a militant group allied with Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, who led local insurgents but is believed to have fled to Afghanistan in 2010. “They have been freed unconditionally,” he added. Another senior official, Mohammad Tariq Khan, confirmed the release.