Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 28 / Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
A shootout with fatal consequences occured on Iran's border, Mehr reported.
Iran's border police engaged into a shootout with drug traffickers in the city of Zabol, which lies on the border with both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Deputy head of Iran's border police, Ahmad Garavand said, Mehr reported.
Garavand added that as a result of the shooting, which lasted two days, 3 drug runners were dead, two more were injured. Police also seized 137 kg of drugs during the operation.
Another shooutout took place in Saravan, which is a city in and the capital of Saravan County, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran.
According to Garavand, 6 drug runners were spotted, and another shooutout started. Some runners were reported dead, others managed to take off beyond Iraqi border. Police also seized 45 weapons as a result of the operation.
Eastern Iran borders Afghanistan, which is the world's number one opium and drug producer. Iran's geographical position has made the country a favorite transit corridor for drug traffickers who intend to smuggle their cargoes from Afghanistan to drug dealers in Europe.
Iran leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers. According to the statistical figures released by the UN, Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.
The United Nations credits Iran with the seizure of 80 percent of the opium netted around the world.