Soldier in Tajikistan killed in clash with smugglers along porous border with Afghanistan

Posted: January 26, 2013 in Economy and Resources, Environment, Journalism, Language, Law

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – A soldier in Tajikistan has been killed in a gun battle with smugglers attempting to cross the porous frontier from neighbouring Afghanistan.

The Tajik security services, which handle border protection, said Tuesday that about 20 intruders opened fire after being intercepted during a nighttime patrol, killing one soldier and wounding another before fleeing.

Tajikistan is a major conduit for the trafficking of heroin and other drugs from Afghanistan to Russia and Western Europe.

The incident took place on Jan. 1. Authorities in the former Soviet republic often delay releasing information on security issues.

via Soldier in Tajikistan killed in clash with smugglers along porous border with Afghanistan.

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