Three Afghan soldiers training in the United States have reportedly gone missing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where they were taking part in a military exercise, according to the U.S. National Guard.
Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were reportedly vetted by several agencies before receiving clearance to travel to the U.S., reports NBC News, and the National Guard says it does not believe they pose a threat to U.S. security.
The soldiers were last seen at Hyannis Mall on Saturday and law enforcement is asking that anyone with information pertaining to their disappearance come forward.
The men were taking part in a National Guard program created in 2004 called “Regional Cooperation 2014” that aims to equip foreign soldiers with the skills they need to conduct Stability Operations within their own borders.
This marks the second time in one week that Afghan security trainees have gone missing in the U.S., reports CNN. At the beginning of September, two Afghan police officers participating in a training program with the DEA vanished while on a sightseeing trip to Georgetown. They were later found and sent back home after they claimed they wanted to remain in the U.S.
The National Guard program will continue, as scheduled, until Wednesday. Soldiers from six nations are involved and about a dozen Afghan soldiers are still training at Camp Edwards.