6 of missing police found in Farah
KABUL (PAN): Six of the eight missing police have been found safe in western Farah province during a search operation, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday, dismissing reports the cops had joined the rebels.
The policemen went missing from their post in the Shiwan village of Bala Baluk district on Monday, with six of them found and a search for the remaining ongoing, said a statement from the ministry.
“National police officials would never defect to rebels,” the statement said, a day after local officials said a dozen policemen with their weapons and equipment had joined the Taliban’s rank in the district.
Farah police chief Brig. Gen. Aqa Noor Kintoz told Pajhwok Afghan News a day earlier that the surrendering policemen included a commander. They surrendered to the militants with a pick-up, a tank and other equipment, he added.
The Taliban claim 40 policemen had joined their ranks in the remote province near the Iranian border. Mirwais, the police commander, was in charge of a checkpoint in the Bala Baluk. He was reported to have joined the Taliban with a Ranger (SUV) and 20 guns.
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