Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said 37 of the captives were soldiers, another seven were policemen, and the rest were civilians.
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake was felt in Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan on January 2, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are renewing efforts to forge peace in the new year, scheduling a round of talks in Pakistan for January 11.
A suicide car bomber killed one person and wounded at least 11 others in central Kabul on January 1.
The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than one million migrants braved the seas in 2015 to reach Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year.
The Pakistani military says Pakistan and Afghanistan have established a direct line between their respective military commanders and made first contact on December 30.
An Afghan businessman has been charged with bribing U.S. soldiers to obtain millions of dollars in U.S. supply contracts in a major U.S. court case targeting corruption during the war in Afghanistan.
Afghan officials say two unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a female polio campaigner in the southern city of Kandahar.
At least one civilian died and many others were injured in a suicide attack near the international airport in Kabul on December 28. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Afghanistan's national cricket team has broken into the world's top 10 list for the first time.
Afghan officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up on a road near the Kabul airport, causing several casualties.
The Taliban has denied that it held talks with Russian officials about efforts to combat Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan as a British newspaper reported that President Vladimir Putin had met the group's leader earlier this year.