3 Afghan army officers go missing from Cape Cod base

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 at 8:14 am

Three Afghanistan National Army officers were reported missing from an international military training exercise at Camp Edwards on Cape Cod after they disappeared without explanation.

Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were all last seen at Cape Cod Mall on Saturday, the day they were reported missing, said Massachusetts National Guard Col. James Sahady.

“There is no indication that they pose any threat to the public,” Sahady said. In Afghanistan, shootings of American soldiers by rogue Afghan soldiers has been an ongoing problem. Last month, Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was killed by an Afghan soldier in an attack that wounded several other NATO and Afghan soldiers.

The three missing on Cape Cod were among 200 military professionals from six nations participating in a “senior professional command staff exercise,” Sahady said. They arrived in the Bay State on Sept. 11 for exercises that began Sept. 17 and run through Wednesday.

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