14 militants lay down arms in W. Afghanistan
Over a dozen anti- governemt militants laid down their arms and joined the government- initiated peace process in Afghanistan's western Herat province, officials said Sunday, Xinhua reported.
"A group of Taliban fighters composed of 14 people under Mullah Taza Gul handed over their weapons and joined the peace process on Saturday afternoon," said a press release of National Security Directorate (NSD) issued on Sunday.
These militants were active in Shindand district, the press release added.
Their joining to peace process took place in the wake of National Consultative Peace Jirga or assembly convened by government in Kabul early this month.
The three-day national gathering called on anti-government militants to give up militancy, while urging the government to push for dialogue and reconciliation with Taliban militants and associated insurgents.
This is the second militia group that joined the government over the past two weeks. Previously another group of 30 fighters renounced militancy and joined the peace process in Herat province.