14 Taliban give up fighting in N. Afghanistan
Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan, Aug 5 (Xinhua-ANI): Over a dozen Taliban militants have laid down arms and joined the peace process in Balkh province 305 km north of capital Kabul on Sunday, head of provincial council Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahim Khil said.
Fourteen Taliban insurgents gave up fighting and joined the peace process today, Ibrahim Khil told Xinhua.
The former militants were active in Charbolak district, and they also handed over their weapons to authorities, he added.
More than 3000 Taliban fighters have joined the government- backed peace process over the past one year, according to Afghan officials.
However, Taliban outfit fighting the government has rejected the claim as baseless. (Xinhua-ANI)