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60 policemen defect to Taliban in Badghis

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Sixty border police have surrendered to the Taliban insurgents in western Badghis province, an official said on Saturday.

The event took place Friday night in the Marchaq area of Bala Murghab district, Gen. Juma Khan Adil, commander of the 705th Border Police Zone said.

However, provincial council member Farid Akhizai told Pajhwok Afghan News 67 border police members surrendered to the Taliban in Bala Murghab.

He said the policemen had been under Taliban’s siege for the past two days. Reinforcements were on the way to break the siege, but they came under ambush and could not reach the area.

“Two Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and three other received injuries in the ambush,” he said.

Moreover, the militant claimed 80 forces surrendered and 15 other received casualties in the attack.

The surrendered forces also handed over a Ranger pick-up, a truck and another car to the fighters, the Taliban claimed.

This for the time times that a large number of security forces joining Taliban rank in Badghis province. In the past, around 150 Taliban militants in the province were renounced violence and joined the peace process, top provincial security official said in that time. According to the official, a group of 150 insurgents, led by Mullah Baaz Muhammad, laid down their arms and joined the peace process. The surrendered militant group was active Abkamri, Nihrab and Chah Sangi districts of the province over the past two years. The group also handed over a number of heavy and light weapons to Afghan security forces.

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