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Report: Iran forces killed 8 smugglers in shootout

November 5, 2013

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s media says its forces have killed eight drug smugglers in a shootout and confiscated some two tons of narcotics.

A Tuesday report by state TV says the clash happened after officers identified a convoy of armed bandits and drug traffickers in southeastern Iran.

Iran lies on a major trafficking route from Afghanistan to Europe and Persian Gulf states. Large drug seizures are common.

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