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Ghazni police seize 375kg of opium after clash

Ghazni police seize 375kg of opium after clash

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Nov 29, 2016 - 15:56

GHAZNI/KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Police seized 375 kilograms of opium from smugglers after a brief clash in Andar district of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday, an official said.

Ghazni police chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel told a press conference in the provincial capital, Ghazni City, that the drug smugglers had Talibaninfo-icon support during the clash with police. The opium was destined for Kabulinfo-icon.

The clash took place in Rahimkhel village of Andar district, said Amarkhel, who added one smuggler was killed in the encounter.

 “I warned smugglers last year that Ghazni would not be their transportation route and the drugs seized would be destroyed,” Amarkhel said.

He said around 1,000 kilograms of narcotics had been seized in different parts of Ghazni during the past 10 months.

Allah Mohammad, a resident of Ghazni city, said security forces should spare no effort at preventing drug trade.

“In the past, narcotics were openly sold in Ghazni, but now the business has shrunk,” he said and expressed concern over the increasing number of drug addicts in the province.

In southern Kandahar province, police detained two persons who wanted to smuggle two kilograms of heroin to Iran through southwestern Nimroz province.

The two men had skillfully tied the drugs to their legs, said Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani, who identified the detainees as residents of Takhar province.

He said the duo – Khal Mohammad and Zabihullah --- were arrested by counternarcotics police in Daman district,

Durrani also said the Afghan Special Forces had arrested a man involved in hit-and-run attacks in Kandahar City. He said Taliban militants had tasked the detainee with planning and carrying out hit-and-run attacks.

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