22 Taliban militants surrender in northern Afghan province

16:01, March 26, 2011      

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A group of 22 Taliban militants renounced violence and resumed normal life in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan on Friday.

"Twenty two Taliban fighters under Murza Fazal Rahim handed in their weapons to the authorities in Jirga district today and resumed normal life," provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said at a ceremony to welcome the former insurgents.

This move would further strengthen security in Jirga district and adjoining areas, Rahimi said.

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

More than 200 insurgents, according to local officials, have defected to the government in Baghlan province over the past several months.

Source: Xinhua