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10 Taliban militants give up fighting in S. Afghan province

English.news.cn   2013-02-26 19:55:04            

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Ten Taliban militants gave up fighting and joined the government-backed peace process in Ghazni province 125 km south of Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday.

"Today 10 dissident brothers gave up fighting, laid down arms and joined the peace process. We welcome them," provincial governor Musa Khan Akbarzada said in a ceremony here to welcome the former militants.

Akbarzada also called on all anti-government militants to give up fighting and join the peace process.

Meantime, the commander of the group Mullah Habib in talks with media called on the government to find job opportunities for the former militants and ensure their security.

Taliban militants fighting the government have yet to make comment.

More than 3,500 Taliban fighters, according to government officials, have joined the government-backed peace process over the past year, a claim rejected by the armed outfit as groundless.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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