10 Taliban insurgents join gov't in W Afghanistan

08:29, July 08, 2011      

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Ten Taliban insurgents laid down their arms on Thursday in the country's Farah province, some 695 km west of capital city of Kabul, provincial police chief Sayed Mohammad Roshandil said.

"A 10-member group of Taliban under the command of Mullah Bismillah has given up insurgency and joined government-initiated peace and reintegration process in Khaki Safed district on Thursday morning," Roshandi told Xinhua. According to the police chief, the former insurgents also handed over their weapons to security authorities in the district, north of provincial capital Farah city.

However, the militant group who announced on April 30 to launch spring offensive against Afghan and NATO-led forces have yet to make comments.

In efforts to end the nearly 10-year war and Taliban-led insurgency, Afghan President Hamid Karzai set up a 70-member High Council for Peace in September 2010 to accelerate the government- backed national reconciliation with Taliban and associated militants.

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