The Latest: Officials focused on safety of missing Afghans

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Posted: Aug 21, 2017 6:57 PM

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on three Afghan prison guards who went missing from a Colorado training facility (all times local):

5 p.m.

A state prison official says three Afghan prison employees who went missing over the weekend from a Colorado training facility weren't believed to pose a threat. He says authorities remain most concerned about the visitors' welfare.

The missing guards are part of a group from Afghanistan training at the International Correctional Management Training Center in Canon City, which is run by the Colorado Department of Corrections. The three failed to return Saturday night after an organized trip.

The extent of any search for the guards wasn't clear on Monday.

Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn did not know whether other agencies, state or federal, were told that the trainees had gone missing but said the department had not been notified of any risk of terrorism.

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12:42 p.m.

Colorado officials say three Afghan prison workers in the United States for training are missing after failing to return from an organized trip.

The guards are part of a group from Afghanistan being trained at the International Correctional Management Training Center in Canon City, which is run by the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Department spokesman Mark Fairbairn says the trio didn't return to a meeting spot in Colorado Springs at the end of the trip on Saturday evening.

He says the three underwent background checks and vetting by the U.S. State Department and the department's primary concern is ensuring their safety. They all have temporary visas.