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Islamic Movement of Afghanistan free three regions

Mashhad, Oct 14, IRNA -- The military forces of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, led by General Abdrurashid Dustom freed three regions in Sarpol Province of that country, a military source attached to that front told IRNA Saturday.

General Shafi'a Muhammad Khan who was calling IRNA's Mashhad Bureau Saturday night from inside Afghanistan added that the said regions were actually freed from the Taliban militants by the people residing in those areas and then delivered to Dustom's forces.

Shafi'a who introduced himself as Dustom's deputy said that the freed regions include the Kouhestan, Sayyad and Souzmaneh districts of the Sarpol Province.

He said some four thousand soldiers previously under Taliban's command had initially surrendered themselves to the Islamic Movement before the Saturday developments within the three freed regions, which encouraged the people to clear their region from the remainder of the Taliban forces and delivered them to the Islamic Movement.

According to this Islamic Movement military source another 45 Taliban soldiers, too, surrendered themselves to the United Islamic Front's forces along with their commanders, arms and ammunition in Hazrat Sultan Commanderate region.

General Shafi'e said that another 140 of Taliban forces, too, surrendered themselves to the United Islamic Front along with their heavy armaments, including anti-aircraft cannons and several vehicles during the same day in Maqsoud region of the Samangan Province.

Dustom's United Islamic front is a member of Afghanistan's United Islamic Front.

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