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Militiamen including commander join Taliban

Militiamen including commander join Taliban

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Mar 23, 2012 - 13:42

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Five members of a tribal militia, including a commander, defected to the Talibaninfo-icon and surrendered their weapons in southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.

Commander Khuda-i-Noor joined the fighters along with four militiamen in the Sistani area of Marja district late on Thursday, the town’s administrative head, Abdul Mutalib, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

“The militiamen, drug addicts who belong to one family, had been appointed directly by US Marines," he said, adding an investigation had been launched.

On the other hand, the Taliban said eight militiamen had joined the movement. Rebel spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the men had also handed them eight weapons and a car.

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