DUSHANBE -- A Tajik border guard was killed and four others were injured after clashing with armed drug traffickers who were trying to cross the border from Afghanistan, authorities in Tajikistan said Sunday (December 3).
The border guards tried to stop "a group of Afghan drug contrabandists" who were attempting to enter Tajikistan about 220km southeast of Dushanbe, the State National Security Committee (GKNB) said in a statement.
The border guards seized 33kg of narcotics.
Mountainous Tajikistan shares 1,344km of border with Afghanistan, the world's largest producer of opium and heroin.
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