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15 ISIS and Taliban group members join peace in East of Afghanistan
Date : Wednesday 10 January 2018 16:01
At least fifteen militants affiliated with the ISIS and Taliban groups joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

AVA- According to the local government officials, at least two local leaders of the militants are also among those who reconciled with the government.

The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told reporters that the Taliban and ISIS groups joined peace process due to the efforts of the Afghan intelligence operatives.

Khogyani further added that a group of 8 ISIS militants led by commander Abdul Manan and a group of 7 Taliban insurgents led by commander Faridullah laid down their arms and joined peace process.

He said the militants were previously conducting insurgency activities in Khogyani, Pacher Agam, and Chaparhar districts of Nangarhar.

According to Khogyani, the militants have also handed over a rocket along with 15 different types of weapons to thhe security forces.

Khogyani said the reconciled militants have promised that they will not join the militants ranks again.

The provincial governor’s spokesman also added that 166 militants including 44 ISIS insurgents have so far joined peace process in Nangarhar due to the efforts of the intelligence operatives.

The Nangarhar governor’s office meanwhile says that around 861 militants have joined peace process since the efforts were launched many years ago by Afghan intelligence to encourage the militants to reconciliation process.

Story Code: 156161
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)