Tajikistan: Border Incidents Highlight Drug Trafficking Threat
Border guards in Tajikistan have said two drug traffickers were killed in an exchange of gunfire after they attempted to cross over from Afghanistan.
The border service of the State Committee for National Security said that the incursion occurred at 11:30 p.m. on July 3 at the Hamadoni crossing, which lies south of the city of Kulob.
Border guard spokesman Muhammad Ulughodzhayev told Asia-Plus news website that the traffickers retreated after meeting fire from government troops and that the bodies of two men, aged between 30 and 35, were found at the scene after the incident. Ulughodzhayev said they also found five kilograms of an unspecified narcotic substance and a hunting knife.
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