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16 Afghan police officers die of poisoning

Feb. 27, 2013 at 7:18 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- At least 16 local Afghan police officers in Ghazni province died of poisoning, local authorities said.

Deputy provincial council leader Abdul Jameh Jameh said the men reportedly ate poisoned food Tuesday, Khaama Press reported. The incident occurred in Gadol.

Gen. Mohammad Hussain, provincial security chief, said an investigation was under way.

No group has claimed responsibility.

Khaama Press said Ghazni is among the most volatile provinces in central-eastern Afghanistan where Taliban militants and other insurgents openly operate.

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