40 Taliban join peace process, a dozen detained in Takhar
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Forty Taliban fighters joined the government-initiated reconciliation process, while 12 others were detained during clearing operations in the Darqad district of northern Takhar province, officials said on Saturday.
As many as 40 fighters renounced insurgency and returned to mornal life after negotiations with the provincial peace committee.
Separately, security personnel held a dozen militants during clearing operation launched a few days back by security personnel in the Darqad district, the police spokesman, Maj. Abdul Khalil Aseer told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“Security forces have launched door to door search operations to find other Taliban fighters who took shelter in public homes,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and governor’s spokesman, Sunatullah Timor confirmed 40 Taliban have joined the peace process, adding that nearly 50 militants have inflected casualties in the offensives.
Takhar governor was still in Darqad district to properly manage the developing situations in the district, security forces have recently took the control of the district from the Taliban.
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