25 militants lay down arms in N. Afghanistan

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A group of armed anti-government militants laid down their arms and resumed normal life in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan, police spokesman in the province Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai said on Monday.

"Twenty five Taliban fighters under the command of Sayed Noork gave up militancy and handed over their arms to authorities in Chardara district on Sunday," Ahmadzai told Xinhua.

Joining these people to peace process and their reintegration to society would strengthen government control in Chardara district and adjoining areas, the official further said.

The Taliban fighters have not made comments.

Taliban militants have suffered setback over the past two weeks as the outfit's second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and their shadow governor for Kunduz, Mullah Abdul Salam have been arrested in Pakistan while a massive operation of Afghan and NATO-led troops against their bastion in Marja district of Afghanistan' s southern Helmand province is in full swing since February 13.

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