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Taliban Abducts Afghan Policemen After Drugging Them

Taliban militants have reportedly abducted 12 local policemen after poisoning their food in southern Afghanistan.

Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewani, police chief of the southern Zabul Province, said on July 25 that the incident happened in the province's remote Shahjoi district.

He said the Taliban militants approached the post posing as guests and apparently mixed drugs into the food the policemen had prepared for themselves.

Lewani said that the insurgents then took the 12 unconscious men to an unknown location.

The Taliban has not commented on the incident.

Local Afghan police are usually poorly disciplined militias manned by residents.

They often fight against insurgents in remote rural areas, which are inaccessible to regular government forces.

Based on reporting by dpa and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan