Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
A local police commander was killed during operations against narcotics traffickers here in southeastern country on Wednesday. The commander, head of the anti-narcotics police units in the city of Iranshahr, was martyred by the armed bandits during armed clashes.
The clashes occurred in a desert area called kheraab. Two bandits were also killed.
Iran lies on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as, the Persian Gulf states.
Since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian police have lost nearly 4,000 of their personnel in fight against narcotics.
Iran has spent billions of dollars and lost thousands of its police staff in the war against traffickers.
Two police forces killed by bandits in southern Iran
Photos by Ali Zamani, ISNA
Two Police forces were killed by bandits in the southern province of Fars Tuesday evening. They were killed in an armed clash with the bandits near the town of Kharameh, 40 kms southeast of the provincial capital, Shiraz.
Three of the bandits who belonged to a narcotics trafficking gang were also killed during the clashes.
According to the provincial police commander Brigadier General Sirous Sajjadian, four tons of narcotics were seized from the smugglers.
He said search is going on for spotting other members of the gang.
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