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"Hundreds of people from across the province gathered in Aqcha district this morning and voiced their support to the government in the war against armed oppositions including Taliban rebels," Xinhua news agency quoted the official as saying.
Without giving an exact number, the official said: "Probably some 900 or so have bought arms and ammunitions with their own money." They vowed to defend government forces against Taliban and other insurgent groups.
"Jauzjan's Governor Lutfullah Azizi has welcomed the villagers for expressing support to the government and vowed to provide any possible means to them in their mission," the official added.
Taliban militants who are active in parts of the northern Jauzjan province are yet to make comment.
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