Iranian Drug Trafficker Killed In Azerbaijan Border Shootout

Azerbaijani border guards have killed an Iranian national in a shootout on the border with Iran, officials in Baku said, adding that 24kg of drugs had been found on him.

The incident took place late Thursday in Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil district, after a group of people tried to illegally enter the country, News.am reported, citing Azerbaijan Prosecutor General’s Office and State Border Service.

“Border guards returned fire after three armed men coming from Iran violated the state border, ignored warnings orders and opened fire,” the report added.

One of the violators was killed, another one detained and the third one fled back to Iran, the outlet said.

An automatic rifle, more than 24 kilograms of drugs, and 300 methadone pills with 40 psychotropic substances, were confiscated from the killed Iranian citizens, according to the report.

On 5 March, Azerbaijani border guards also killed another Iranian national in a similar shootout on the border with Iran.

“Border guards returned fire after six armed men coming from the Islamic Republic of Iran violated the state border, ignoring warnings orders ‘Don’t move!’ and opened fire,” Azerbaijan’s border guard service said in a statement at that time.

A Kalashnikov automatic rifle and 32 kilograms of narcotics were found from the killed Iranian national, the statement said, adding five other violators managed to flee from the scene and one of them was later detained at the frontier.


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