Traffickers kill two police near Iran-Pakistan border: IRNA

Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 22:39

Tehran: Drug traffickers killed two
policemen in a clash near the Pakistani border in southeastern
Iran, the state news agency IRNA reported on Friday.

The incident took place on Wednesday near the city of
Saravan in Sistan-Baluchestan province, it said. Local police
named the border policemen killed as Ali Qorban Ebrahimi and
Nasser Sheibani.

Security forces seized 677 kilos of narcotics after the
clash, IRNA said, without reporting arrests or casualties
among the smugglers.

Southeast Iran lies on a major narcotics route from
neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to UN estimates, about 40 percent of the 7,700
tonnes of narcotics produced in Afghanistan in 2008 entered
Iran, which itself faces serious drug abuse among its mostly
young population of 70 million.

Iran has been battling drug traffickers for decades and
it has lost more than 3,700 men in a war on its porous eastern
border.

PTI

First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 22:39

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