HERAT, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Nine Taliban militants under Mullah Abdul Sabour laid down arms and joined the government- backed peace process in Herat province 640 km west of Kabul on Monday.
The former fighters were active in Karakh district, according to officials.
Welcoming the former militants, the deputy to provincial governor, Asil Jami said, "with joining these people to the peace process the security situation will be further improved in Karakh district and adjoining areas."
They also handed over their weapons to police.
Taliban militants have yet to make comment.
More than 3,000 Taliban fighters, according to Afghan officials have given up fighting and joined the government-backed peace process over the past one year. However, Taliban outfit has rejected the claim as baseless.