Wednesday, April 18, 2012

20 Taliban militants lay down arms in Afghanistan

PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Another group of anti-government militants gave up fighting and joined the government-initiated peace process in Afghanistan's northern province on Wednesday.

"Twenty armed rebels handed over their weapons to authorities and joined the peace process in Deh Salah district of Baghlan province today," provincial police chief Assadullah Shirzad told newsmen in a ceremony to welcome the former fighters.

With joining these people to the peace process, the security will be further improved in Baghlan province, he further said.

It is the second militants group, joining the peace process in a single day on Wednesday.

The previous, also composed of 20 militants laid down arms and resumed normal life in Badakhshan province.

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