15 militants surrender in northern Afghanistan

15:14, January 08, 2011      

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Over a dozen anti-government militants laid down their arms and surrendered to government in Afghanistan' s northern Kunduz province Friday, a private television channel said on Saturday.

"Fifteen armed insurgents surrendered to government in Kunduz province yesterday," Tolo television reported.

Citing police spokesman in the northern region, Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, the popular television channel also added that the militants who were active in Chardara district handed over six pieces of weapons to authorities.

Chardara and Gortipa districts have been regarded as the hotbed of Taliban militants in Kunduz province, however, the insurgents fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment.

Over 200 anti-government militants, according to officials have given up militancy and resumed normal life in the northern region of Afghanistan over the past couple of months.

Source: Xinhua
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