15 Taliban rebels surrender in W. Afghanistan
Herat (Afghanistan), May 14 (Xinhua-ANI): Over a dozen Taliban rebels surrendered in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Monday, a provincial government spokesman said.
"A total of 15 Taliban fighters, including their commander Mullah Anis Akhond, have renounced violence and joined the peace process in Shindand district on Monday morning," spokesman Mohiddin Noori told Xinhua.
With the former insurgents' surrender, peace and stability would be further strengthened in several parts of the province with Herat city as its capital, Noori said.
Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have not made any comment yet.
The Afghan government set up a 70-member High Peace Council in the summer of 2010 to encourage Taliban to disarm and give up militancy against the government.
A senior member of the council Arsallah Rahmani was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Kabul on Sunday morning.
More than 3,500 anti-government insurgents have laid down their arms in Afghanistan over the past year, according to officials. (Xinhua-ANI)
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