14 Taliban insurgents surrender to gov't in W. Afghanistan

January 10, 2012 11:54 pm 

HERAT, Afghanistan, Jan. 10 — Over a dozen Taliban insurgents surrendered to the government in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Tuesday, the provincial governor said.

A 14-member group of Taliban fighters, including their commander Mullah Basir Ahmad, has renounced violence and joined the government in Shindand district of Herat province Tuesday morning, Governor Daud Sabah told Xinhua.

By joining of the former insurgents to society, the peace and stability would further be strengthen in southern parts of the province with Herat City as its capital, some 640 km west of capital city of Kabul, Sabah added.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment.

The Afghan government set up a High Peace Council in summer 2010 to encourage Taliban to disarm and give up militancy against the government.

More than 3,000 anti-government insurgents, according to officials, have laid down arms in Afghanistan over the past year, a claim rejected by Taliban outfit as propaganda. (PNA/Xinhua) LAP/LAM/utb

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