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260 Taliban militants surrender in Samangan: MoI

AT-KABUL: At least 260 Taliban insurgents laid down arms and surrender after an 11-day military operation launched by the security forces in the northern Samangan province, the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday.

“The insurgents surrendered to the Afghan security forces in Dara-e-Suf district,” the ministry said in a statement.

A large area of the district were cleared from presence of Taliban insurgents during comprehensive operation, the statement said, adding that operation was going on to clear reaming area under Taliban control.

Two key leaders of the group are among the surrendered Taliban insurgents. They also handed over their weapons, ammunition and explosives to the security forces, the statement furthered.

The ministry further said that security forces also detained dozens of illegal armed men in the district.

However, the Taliban insurgents did not comment into the matter so far.

Earlier, three key commanders of the Taliban insurgents were arrested in a joint military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in the same district of the province.

National police, national army, and the national directorate of security carried out joint clearing operation in Dara-e-Suf district, arresting three influential commander of Taliban, the interior ministry said in that time.

The ministry identified these commanders as Khairullah, Abdul Haq and Bakhtiyar and they were involved in many terrorist activities in this district and other areas of the province.

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