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Militant killed, 20 join peace process in Baghlan

Militant killed, 20 join peace process in Baghlan

Mar 22, 2011 - 17:18

PUL-I-KHUMRI (PANinfo-icon): One Talibaninfo-icon commander has been killed, his two brothers arrested and about 20 other insurgents joined the peace process in northern Baghlan province on Tuesday, an official said.

The Taliban commander, Sarajuddin Hanzala, was killed in a joint offensive by Afghan and NATOinfo-icon-led soldiers in Chap village of Baraka district, late Monday night, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, said.

Qudratullah, a resident of the same district and member of the provincial council, said the security situation would be improved with the death of the insurgent commander.

In a statement, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) also confirmed the killing of Hanzala, and said the commander had been a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

The allied soldiers said two other insurgents were arrested in the overnight operation. But the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said they had no commander named Hanzala in the province.

Meanwhile, 20 insurgents under the command of Hazrat Khan and Abdul Haq, joined the peace process and handed about 20 weapons, including Kalashnikovs and rockets, to government officials, the provincial police chief said.

The surrendered militants had been active in Baghlan-i-Markazi district of the province, the police chief said. Nearly 150 militants have joined the peace process in Baghlan over the last four months, officials said.


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