50 militants give up fighting in N. Afghanistan


MAIMANA, Afghanistan, June 23 (Xinhua) — A 50-member group of armed militants gave up fighting and handed over their weapons to the government in Dawlatabad district of the northern Faryab province on Wednesday, an army spokesman in the northern region Nasratullah Jamshidi said Thursday.
“A total of 50 Taliban rebels handed over their weapons to security forces in Dawlatabad district on Wednesday evening,” Jamshidi told Xinhua.
All the former rebels vowed to join their communities and work for peace and stability in the country, the official added.
This is the second bunch of anti-government militants surrendering to the government in the northern region in a couple of days.
Previously more than 100 militants deserted Taliban in the neighboring Jauzjan province and handed over their weapons to security forces on Tuesday, according to local officials.
Taliban militants are yet to make comment.

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