Afghanistan: 59 Taliban militants surrender

Afghanistan: 59 Taliban militants surrender

Agency News

Herat, Feb 4: Fifty-nine Taliban militants have surrendered to government security forces in three western Afghan provinces, the command of special forces said on Tuesday.

"A total of 59 Taliban militants surrendered to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces on Monday, in Ab Kamari district, Badghis province, Sharak district, Ghor province, and Chishti Sharif district, Herat province," Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps said in a statement.

"Among the surrendered militants were three Taliban divisional commanders, Mullah Abdul Nasir, Mullah Salahuddin and Abdul Had," the statement added. The latest surrender came amid military pressure as Afghan security forces continue to press militants in restive districts in the western region.

With the former insurgents' surrender, peace and stability would be further strengthened in the territory, the statement said. The Taliban militant group hasn't commented on the report yet. More than 500 Taliban militants and Islamic State (IS) members have surrendered to the government since the beginning of January. (XINHUA)