Airstrike destroys drugs in NimrozBy Ramin Mar 22, 2011 - 15:02
ZARANJ (PAN): Hundreds of kilograms of drugs were destroyed in an airstrike by international troops in southwestern Nimroz province, bordering Iran, officials said on Tuesday.
The strike on Monday night targeted two vehicles in a compound in Shahgi village of Khashrod district, the district chief, Mohammad Hasham Noorzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said it was an empty house where the vehicles had been parked. The official estimated that 1,400 kilograms of drugs were loaded into the vehicles, including morphine and opium.
There were no casualties in the aristrike, the district chief said, adding the drugs were probably intended for Iran.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said it seized 1,270 kilograms of morphine from two vehicles during a joint operation with Afghan troops in Khashrod district.
Last week, border police seized 169 kilograms of opium in Kang district near the border with Iran, but the traffickers escaped to the neighbouring country.