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Afghan, Tajik forces launch major anti-drug raid

English.news.cn   2012-12-06 19:22:09            

KABUL, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The special police forces from Afghanistan and neighboring Tajikistan have carried out a major anti-drug operation, an Afghan official said here Thursday.

"The successful 6-day joint operation was launched in northern Afghan province of Badakhshan and Khatlan province in Tajikistan," Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Baz Mohammad Ahmadi told a press conference.

About 420 kg of drugs including heroin and opium was seized and two Tajik women kidnapped by the criminal gangs were released in Badakhshan during the raid from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, he said. "The women were handed over to the Tajik side shortly after their release."

A total of 13 Afghans were detained for drug trafficking, Ahmadi added.

"It is obvious that the situation in Afghanistan is extremely serious and worrying, Afghanistan is still at the top of the list of the opium producing countries (in the world), no doubt about that," said Jean-Luc-Lemahieu, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) regional representative.

Lemahieu described the operation as a success and called for more cooperation between the two countries in fighting against drug in the region.

The opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased this year, said a report released by the UNODC on Nov. 20 in Kabul.

However, the poppy production fell due to plant diseases and unfriendly weather in the insurgency-hit country.

About 95 percent of poppy cultivation in 2012 was concentrated in the restive southern and eastern provinces where Taliban militants are active and organized crimes are rampant, the report said, noting this confirms the link between insecurity and poppy cultivation.

Since plant diseases and bad weather had damaged the crops, potential opium production fell 36 percent to 3,700 tons in 2012 from 5,800 tons last year, according to the report.

Up to 102 Afghan security personnel had lost their lives in eradicating poppy fields so far this year, according to Afghan officials.

Editor: Fang Yang
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