40 more Taleban militants surrender in Afghan province

KABUL (XINHUA) – Forty Taleban militants have surrendered to Afghan National Army in the country’s western province of Ghor amid military pressure in the mountainous region, Afghan Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday.

“About 40 Taleban militants laid down arms and gave up fighting in Shahrak district of western Ghor province on Tuesday,” the ministry said in a statement.

The latest surrendering came as a joint clean-up and search operation conducted by Afghan army, police and intelligence agency personnel has been continuing in Shahrak.

About 150 Taleban surrendered to army in Shahrak over the past weeks, according to the statement.

The statement said the former militants found out that “Taleban militants are fighting to harm Afghans so they decided to quit that wrong pathway and join the pace and reconciliation process”.

The surrendered militants also handed over their weapons.