14 Taliban fighters switch side, join gov't in W Afghanistan

20:30, January 19, 2011      

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Over a dozen Taliban insurgents have voluntary given up militancy and defected to Afghan government in country's western Herat province, a statement issued here by National Security Directorate (NSD) said on Wednesday.

"Fourteen people including a local commander Mullah Mirwais, who were active in Shindand district, laid down arms and surrendered to authorities on Tuesday January 18," the statement of NSD or intelligence service said.

The former militants also brought 14 pieces of assault rifles vowed to defend the establishment from now on, the statement added.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Some 300 hundreds of Taliban fighters have joined government in Herat and neighboring Badghis province over the past couple of months, according to officials.

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