Afghan officials say an army special-forces commander has defected to a militant group, taking weapons and ammunition with him.
The Afghan commander has been identified as Monsif Khan, who was part of a 20-man special-forces unit stationed in Asadabad, the capital of the eastern province of Kunar.
Shuja ul-Mulkh Jalala, the governor of Kunar, said on October 20 that Khan had defected to the Hezb-e-Islami group, an antigovernment movement fighting alongside the Taliban.
Jalala said Khan raided his team's supplies during last week's Eid al-Adha religious holiday, escaping with "30 guns, night-vision goggles, binoculars, and a Humvee."
Local security forces have started a manhunt for the commander. Last month, a former senator joined the insurgents in northern Afghanistan.
Based on reporting by dpa and Reuters