10 Taliban militants join government in N. Afghanistan


KUNDUZ – A 10-member group of Taliban insurgents renounced insurgency and joined government-initiated peace process in Kunduz province, some 250 km north of the capital city of Kabul, provincial police spokesman said.
“The 10-memeber Taliban group led by Salahuddin renounced insurgency and joined government in Imam Sahib District this morning,” Mohammad Harroon said.
He said the ex-insurgents also handed over 10 weapons to security authorities in the district.
With these former militants being part of the peace process, security would be further improved in Imam Sahib and neighboring areas, the police spokesmansaid.
He also said that authorities would provide job oppurtunities to former rebels and recruit them to police and other government bodies.
Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment.
More than 500 Taliban fighters have laid down arms and resumed normal life throughout the insurgency-hit Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.