Former Taliban members among 5 dead in violence
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Militants gunned down a policeman and three former Taliban members who joined peace process recently in northwestern Jawzjan province, an official said Monday.
Acting Governor Bai Murad Quinly told Pajhwok Afghan News that a policeman and three former Taliban commanders were killed and five others wounded in the attack.
In addition, he said that two police ranger pick-ups destroyed in militants’ attack in Jarqadaq village of Qoshtapa district late Sunday evening. He said insurgents managed to flee after a two-hour fire exchange with security forces.
The Taliban commanders who were killed in the attack belonged to the group led by commander Maulvi Niamatullah. The slain militants’ leaders approached the High Peace Council (HPC) and joined the peace process, he said.
HPC gives 6,000 afghanis to militants who joined peace process and 13,000 afghanis to their commanders per month to feed their families.
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that six Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were killed and four others wounded in the attack.
Separately, gunmen shot dead a custom clearing agent in Bhatti Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province.
Haji Ghalib, the district chief, said that unknown gunmen fired on a car and left one person dead and two others wounded who were rushed to district health facility.
The victims were custom clearing agents at Torkham port.
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