Nairobi, Oct. 22 -- The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) on Friday said it had released 9,400 Eritrean and Ethiopian prisoners of war (POWs) in what they labelled as an amnesty grant.

The EastAfrican has learnt that, of the total released, 500 of them were women.

The move comes as Tigray leaders confirmed that they will attend peace talks scheduled to take place in South Africa on Monday.

The TPLF did not say the reason behind the decision to release such a large number of prisoners, but it came three days to the planned peace talks between the group and Ethiopian government to end two years of war.

Speaking to The EastAfrican, an Ethiopian political expert Sumur Tsehaye said the decision was a major positive development taken ...