7 more Taliban militants give up resistance in N Afghanistan

22:15, November 08, 2010      

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Seven more Taliban insurgents laid down their arms and resumed normal live in the northern Kunduz province on Monday, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Seydkhili said.

"A Taliban local commander Mehman Shah along with his six armed men who were active in Aliabad district handed over their weapons to security officials this morning and resumed their normal life there," Seydkhili told a news conference here.

With joining Commander Mehman Shah to the community, the peace process would be accelerated and the government control will be further strengthened in Aliabad district and adjoining areas, the official further said.

More than 100 armed militants have laid down arms and joined the government in Kunduz and the neighboring Takhar and Baghlan provinces over the past one month, according to officials.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

The Afghan government has been calling on Taliban militants and other armed opposition groups to lay down arms and join the government-initiated national reconciliation program.

Source: Xinhua


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