Iranian Drug Trafficker Killed in Shootout with Azerbaijan Border Guards

The Azerbaijani army said its troops on the border with Iran have killed an Iranian drug trafficker after a group of six armed men ignored warning orders and tried to illegally enter the country.

The clash with smugglers occurred in Jabrayil district, close to the 661-kilometer border with Iran, Azerbaijan’s border guard service said in a statement, adding the killed Iranian man was “carrying 32 kilograms of drugs and a Kalashnikov automatic rifle” before being shot dead.

“Six armed men were coming from the other side of the border with Iran, and they ignored the warning orders and also violated state border policy and opened fire,” the statement added.

“One violator, an Iranian was killed and five other violators escaped the scene and one of them was later detained at the frontier,” the statement added.

Azerbaijan has reportedly thwarted a number of incidents involving drug traffickers attempting to cross over from Iran.

Last May, two Azerbaijani border guards were killed by armed drug smugglers on the border with Iran.

Azerbaijani border authorities said at that time that three unidentified persons violated the state border near the Goytepe checkpoint and opened fire, fatally wounding two border guards who died in a hospital later.

The border service said 10 kilograms of drugs had been found at the scene.

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