4 former Taliban members killed in Jawzjan
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Four former Taliban rebels who joined the government-initiated peace process have been killed by insurgents in Qosh Tapa district of northwestern Jawzjan province, an official said Sunday.
Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok Afghan News the slain rebels were among 220 Taliban members who had joined peace process last year and then started working with the Afghan Local Police (ALP).
He said four ALP members were on their way to their security post when they came under attack by two motorcyclists in Gardan village of the district last night. The attackers managed to escape.
A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and said they were killed because they left Taliban and joined ALP.
Provincial council head Maulvi Mohammad Akram blamed the government that it could not protect the lives of people who had joined peace process.
“This kind of attacks may damage the peace process and leave negative impact on Taliban who are encouraged to join the government,” he said.
He said the government should protect the lives of those individuals joining the peace process.
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