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20 militants surrender in Nangarhar

20 militants surrender in Nangarhar

Jan 22, 2012 - 14:55

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Twenty militants joined the reconciliation process as a result of joint efforts by National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) officials and provincial peace council members in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Sunday.

The fighters had been active against the government in Achin, Haska Mina and Rodat districts, Deputy Governor Muhammad Hanif Gardiwal told a news conference. The insurgents also turned in 20 heavy weapons, he said, promising jobs for the individuals renouncing violence.

The group, including a commander, handed a machine gun, two rocket launchers and other weapons to security forces, said Malak Nazir, the High Peace Councilinfo-icon head for the Nangarhar chapter.

A 16-year-old surrendering militant, Muqaddas, said his father had taken him to a religious school, Hashmia Madrasa, in Pakistaninfo-icon's Khyber tribal region, where they lived as refugees.

"My teachers told me infidels have occupied my country, Afghanistaninfo-icon. After training, they sent me here to wage a jihadinfo-icon," Muqaddas said, promising to continue his educationinfo-icon in his homeland.  



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