13 fighters including commanders surrender
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 13-member insurgent group, including two commanders, surrendered to the government in northern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday.
Commanders Kaldar and Qasim were active against the government in Tagab Shahr and Kakawos villages of Gurziwan district, the governor's spokesman said.
Ahmad Javed Baidar told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants handed over 10 weapons to the authorities concerned.
The men surrendered as a result of mediation by tribal elders, said provincial police spokesman, Lt. Syed Masood Yaqubi. He hoped the security situation in the area would improve.
With recommendations from tribal elders and other influential figures, they would be recruited into police and Afghan National Army after receiving basic training, Yaqubi said.
Nearly 90 militants have joined the peace process and surrendered their weapons to the government since Mar.21, 2010, the governor's spokesman said.
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