A group leader of 16 insurgents who joined the Afghan government's reconciliation programme in western Herat province said they joined the government after internal disputes among the local Taliban.
Group leader Abdul Wahed Nazari told TOLOnews: "There were issues among us - people were killed unfairly - so we dissented and joined the government."
Herat's governor Daoud Sha Saba on Thursday said that the group had been operating in the Gulran Distrect of Herat. They submitted their weapons with more than 500 KG explosives to the National Directorate of Security office in Herat.
"With the joining of these people who love Afghanistan, security will improve," he said.
It was the twelfth group to join the peace process and renounce violence in the past four months in Herat, he added.
In total, the province has taken more than 650 insurgents in since opening the High Peace Council office in the province.