KABUL: A 172 Taliban fighters, including commanders, have renounced violence and surrendered to the Afghan security forces in western Herat and Ghor provinces, ministry of defense said on Tuesday.
Ministry’s spokesman, Fawad Amand said that 160 Taliban fighters with three commanders named Abdullah, Mohammad Yusof, and Mula Sarwar laid down their arms and surrendered to Afghan forces in Jam, Shir Bacha and Aostora villages of Shahrak district in Ghor province.
12 others militants, leading by Nasrudin, a Taliban commander, were surrendered to Afghan security forces in Chesht-e-Sharif area of Dara Takht district in Heart province.
He said increasing military pressure and intense combat against Taliban fighters was the main factor behind their surrendering to the Afghan forces.
So far, 582 Taliban fighters have shunned violence and surrendered to Afghan forces in Ghor and Herat provinces in the past one month.