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16 Taliban surrender in Afghanistan
A total of 16 Taliban militants have surrendered before the
Afghanistan government and joined its peace process, a government
According to a provincial government spokesman, the militants surrendered in the country's Nuristan province, 180 km from Kabul.
"Sixteen Taliban insurgents under Qari Abdul Matin (a key Taliban
leader) laid down arms and resumed normal life in Nuristan province on
Sunday," Xinhua quoted Mohammad Zarin as saying Monday.
The surrender of Matin and his joining the peace process will help
improve security in the mountainous Nuristan province where Taliban
insurgents are active, according to government sources.
The Taliban were yet to make any comment.
Over 3,500 Taliban militants have laid down arms and joined the
government-backed national reconciliation and peace process over the
past year, say government officials.
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