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Monday
Mar282011

Taliban Claims to Have Captured 50 Afghan Policemen

Majid Saeedi/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The Taliban claims to have abducted 50 Afghan policemen in the northeastern part of the country.

It was reported by local officials that a convoy of dozens of unarmed police officers were taken prisoner in Chapa Dara in Kunar province on Saturday.  The men had been returning from another province after collecting their paychecks when they were taken captive by Taliban militants.

It's believed there their lives are in grave danger since their fates will be decided by the Taliban's military council in the area.

However, the last time an incident like this happened, the Taliban released police officers unharmed after the hostages promised not to work for the Afghan government.  This time, there are reports of the group offering to exchange their captives for Taliban prisoners.

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