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9 Afghan police officers found dead; defection to Taliban possible

From Matiullah Mati, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A spokesman says the bodies were found in different locations
  • 19 police officers had been missing
  • Some of the officers may have defected to the Taliban, and some officers were poisoned

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The bodies of nine police officers who had been missing from Afghanistan's volatile Ghazni province have been found, an interior ministry spokesman said Sunday.

Zemary Bashary said five of the bodies were found in the Chek district of Maidan Wardak province Saturday night. Additionally, four bodies were found in the Khwaja Omer district of Ghazni province on October 30.

Sayeed Ismail Jahangeer, spokesman for the governor of the Ghazni province, said 19 police officers had been missing from the Khogiani district of Ghazni province.

Some police officers in the Afghan province might have defected to the Taliban, Ghazni's governor told CNN last week.

Governor Musa Khan Haidar Zada said reports indicate that defections occurred and that other police officers were poisoned.

The whereabouts of the remaining 10 police officers remain uncertain.