Courtesy of demotix.com
Over the weekend, three Afghanistan National Army officers disappeared following a training exercise near Cape Cod. On Monday (Sept. 22), they were found trying to cross the Canadian border near Niagara Falls.
It was reported to NBC News
that the trio was caught near the Rainbow Bridge, the famed border crossing between New York and Ontario. At this time, it is not clear as to if the officers will be returned to their base in Cape Cod or will be taken elsewhere.
Currently, the men are being interviewed by government authorities and there is no indication that they committed any crime or had any ill intent.
The group was in Massachusetts for a training exercise with 200 soldiers from around the world. They were last seen at a mall shopping in Hyannis, MA on Saturday (Sept. 20), but soon disappeared. The men are currently in the country on valid visas, and may have been trying to get into Canada for asylum purposes. It is widely believed that the men did not want to go back to Afghanistan, and Canada has a much more liberal policy for asylum than the U.S. does.
This is not the first time that Afghan visitors have disappeared. Last week, two Afghan policemen disappeared from a training program in Washington, D.C. and were found in New York. Earlier this month, an Afghan military officer applied for asylum in the UK following a NATO summit in Wales.
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