A group of 172 Taliban militants surrendered to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in Herat and Ghor provinces.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement, 160 of the militants surrendered in Shahrak district of Ghor.

The statement further added that three commanders of the group – Abdullah, Mohammad Yousuf and Mullah Sarwar also surrendered to Afghan forces. The militants surrendered in Jam, Sher Bacha and Astora Villages of the district.

The Defense Ministry also added that 12 other Taliban militants led by Nasruddin surrendered to Afghan forces in Takht Valley of Chest-e Sharif district of Herat.

The militants also handed over some heavy and light weapons to the Afghan forces, the Defense Ministry of added.

According to Ministry of Defense, at least 582 Taliban militants have surrendered in the two provinces in past one month.

The Defense Ministry said the militants surrendered to Afghan forces due to growing military pressures.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.

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