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Tajik border guards clashed with Afghan drug dealers on January 6 at the Pyandzhsky border point on the Tajik-Afghan border during a special operation.
TAJIKISTAN— Tajik border guards clashed with Afghan drug dealers on Jan. 6 at the Pyandzhsky border guard detachment on the Tajik-Afghan border during a special operation.
The press service of the Tajik Central Border Forces Department said three citizens of Afghanistan were killed in the armed conflict at the site. It also said 22 kilograms of drugs were found at the site including 14 kilograms of heroin, four kilograms of raw opium and hashish and a Kalashnikov machine gun with ammunition. None of the Tajik border guards were injured.
According to information available to the Border Forces, the Afghan group had been moving drugs from Afghanistan to Tajikistan over a long time, which is a continuing problem for Tajikistan.
Last year the border guards from Tajikistan’s Central Border Forces Department and other law-enforcement bodies confiscated 1.4 tons of narcotics from Afghanistan. According to the Drug Control Agency under the Tajik president, 104.8 hectares of opium poppy crop was destroyed last year in Afghanistan along with eight heroin laboratories, but that did not have a significant impact on drug production in the country.