Police in Afghan region might have defected, officials say
November 2nd, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Police in Afghan region might have defected, officials say

Some policemen in a volatile Afghan province might have defected to the Taliban, the provincial governor told CNN on Tuesday.

Musa Khan Haidar Zada, governor of Ghazni province, said reports indicate that the defections occurred and that other police were poisoned.

The governor's spokesman, Sayeed Esmaial Jahanger, told CNN that the Taliban took over the district without any engagement and that 20 police disappeared.

Jahanger said they couldn't be contacted and had no specific information about their fate.

The New York Times is reporting that the "entire police force on duty Monday morning" in the district of Khogeyani "appears to have defected to the Taliban side."

The report, citing a spokesman for the Taliban, said "the movement's fighters made contact with the Khogeyani's police force, cut a deal, and then sacked and burned the station. As many as 19 officers vanished, as did their guns, trucks, uniforms and food."

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  1. Daniel-2

    They evidently had an attack of conscience and decided to do the right thing after all. I cannot blame them as I would have done the same thing in their place. It looks like some men can't be bought off at any price!

    November 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomx

      More likely they were surrounded and without support and defected to save their own lives. The article also states that several police were poisoned. It seems to be a choice between defection and death. The same thing happens in Mexico all the time, where the police forces of entire towns have walked off the job or are fired. 20 policemen is nothing.

      November 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |