13 Taliban militants lay down arms in N Afghan province

17:11, November 22, 2010      

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Taliban militants hand over arms to the authorities in Dand-e-Ghori, northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan, Nov. 21, 2010. Thirteen Taliban militants on Sunday surrendered to the government. (Xinhua/Shakor)

Over a dozen Taliban militants laid down arms and resumed normal life in the northern Baghlan province, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said Monday.

"Thirteen Taliban fighters including their commander Mullah Gul Mohammad Nuri handed over their weapons to authorities on Sunday evening and resumed normal life," Rahimi told newsmen at the ceremony held to welcome the former militants.

"These former insurgents were active in Dan-e-Ghori district and with their joining to government the security would be stabilized in Dand-e-Ghori and adjoining areas, the police officer added.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Dand-e-Ghori has been regarded as Taliban stronghold in Baghlan province.

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