Search mounted as 7 Afghan trainees go missing in US
KABUL (Pajhwok): A search is ongoing for seven Afghan trainees who disappeared from US military facilities this month, after terror attacks in New York and New Jersey, the Pentagon says.
According to a US news channel, four students were considered absent without leave, AWOL, from International Military Student programs over the Labor Day weekend, and three more during the September 17-18.
Fox News quoted Patrick L. Evans, a Pentagon spokesman, as saying the four students who disappeared during the Labor Day weekend included two from Fort Benning in Georgia, one from Fort Lee in Virginia and one from an Army facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.
More recently, the channel reported, two students disappeared from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and one from Fort Gordon in Georgia.
But authorities see no connection between the disappearances on the same weekend when the terrorist attacks occurred.
A spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service told the Washington Free Beacon that authorities had been looking for the missing Afghans.
“ICE Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is actively working to locate these individuals in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense,” Sarah Rodriguez said.
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