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article imageThree Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod program

By Martin Laine     Sep 22, 2014 in World
The hunt is on for three Afghan soldiers who have gone missing from an international training exercise on Cape Cod. Officials say the three pose no threat to the public.
“I am told they pose no immediate threat,” said Colonel James Sahady, a spokesman for the Massachusetts National Guard, one of the hosts for the annual event, according to an article in the Boston Globe. “They are all senior-ranked soldiers that were allowed to come here.”
Sahady said Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were last seen Saturday night at the Cape Cod Mall in Sandwich. Federal military officials along with state and local police are all participating in the search.
The three were part of a regional United Nations training program held at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod, an annual event that’s been held for about the past 16 years, according to an article in the Boston Herald.
“Not all 200 people are locked down on base,” explained Sahady on the boston.com website. Participants can be cleared to leave for dinner or other activities, he said.
In a similar incident, two Afghan police officers went AWOL last week from a five-week U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration training program in Quantico, Va. They were later found in Buffalo, NY, where they were apparently visiting a relative, according to CBS News. They have since returned to Afghanistan.
Mohd Naweed Samimi and Mohammad Yasin Alate along with 29 other Afghan police officers were taking part in the intensive training program aimed at fighting drug trafficking. The group spent Saturday sightseeing in Georgetown. DEA agents reported the men missing when they failed to show up for an evening boat ride.
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