A 20-member Taliban group including a notorious commander Mullah Daud alias Habash has given up fighting and surrendered to government in the southern Helmand province, provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat said Sunday.
“A total of 20 insurgents including Taliban notorious commander Mullah Daud alias Habash laid down arms and surrendered to government the other day,” Hayat said.
Commander Habash and his fighters were involved in anti-government activities in Washir district over the past couple of years, the official said, adding his surrender to government would inspire more militants to follow the step and give up fighting. Karim Atal, the head of Helmand’s provincial council has also confirmed that Mullah Habash along with 19 armed men handed over their weapons to government and vowed to struggle for returning peace in the restive province.
Taliban militants are yet to make comment on the report.