19 Taliban surrender in western Afghan province   2012-02-13 19:54:20            

Taliban fighters attend a surrendering ceremony in western Afghan province of Herat, on Feb. 13, 2012. A total of 19 Taliban fighters surrendered in the Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Monday, a provincial police source said.(Xinhua/Sardar)

HERAT, Afghanistan, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 19 Taliban fighters surrendered to government on Monday in Herat province, some 640 km west of capital city of Kabul, provincial governor said.

"Today, 19 armed Taliban rebels, including their commander namely Syed Zia, laid down their arms in Chishti Sharif district and surrendered to the government. We appreciate their decision and hope other oppositions to follow the step," Governor Daud Sabah told Xinhua.

He said the former commander of insurgents Syed Zia was serving as Taliban shadowy governor in Chishti Sharif district before joining the peace process.

Taliban militants fighting the government have yet to make comment.

More than 3,000 militants, according to officials, have laid down arms and resumed normal life in Afghanistan over the past one year, according to officials.

However, the Taliban outfit has termed the claim as baseless, saying no Taliban loyalists have surrendered. 

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Editor: Deng Shasha
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