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20 Taliban join peace process in Zabul

20 Taliban join peace process in Zabul

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Apr 05, 2011 - 16:08

QALAT (PANinfo-icon): Twenty Talibaninfo-icon, including a commander, have joined the peace process in southern Zabul province, the governor's office said on Thursday.

The group involved in insurgency related incidents had been active in different parts of the province against Afghan and international forces, the governor's office said in a statement.

Without releasing further details, the statement said the group renounced violence after intelligence operatives promised them protection.

The Taliban have not yet commented on switching sides by their comrades. It was for the first time that a 20-member Taliban group has surrendered to authorities in Zabul.

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