At least 53 militants, including 10 Islamic State (IS) fighters, have shunned the insurgency and joined the peace process in the Shinwari district of eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Sunday.
The provincial peace committee on Saturday showed the men, including four commanders, to media representatives. The men handed over 43 weapons to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG).
The committed head, Malik Nazir, told reporters the militants had been operating against Afghan forces in Achin, Nazyan, Momand Dara, Batikot and Haska Mina districts.
“Ten Daesh militants, including commander Noor Mohammad Khan, and 43 Talibaninfo-icon rebels, four commanders of them, have renounced violence and joined the peace process,” he added.
Governor Salim Khan Kunduzitold Pajhwok Afghan News the surrender of the militants would help improve the security situation.
“Those who encourage you to fight are your enemies. Don’t harm your families and other people; quit fighting and join the peace process,” Kunduziurged the militants.
Noor Mohammad Khan, one of the former rebels, said: “I am commander of 10 Daesh rebels, whom joined a few months ago. We received training in the Tor Dara area of Pakistaninfo-icon.”
He said that they were told by Pakistanis that jihadinfo-icon was due in Afghanistaninfo-icon.“My supporters and I have shunned the insurgency. Now we would up take up arms against Afghanistan’s enemies,” he concluded.