1.5 ton illicit drug set on fire in western Afghan province

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Police in the western Herat province, about 1,057 km west of capital city Kabul, set on fire 1.5 tone illicit drug and have taken more than 70 drug smugglers into custody over the past three months, police spokesman in the province Noor Khan Nikzad said Thursday. "The contraband which included heroin, morphine and illegal materials used in manufacturing heroin had been confiscated over the past three months and all were burned to ash at a ceremony on Wednesday," Nikzad told Xinhua.

Authorities have also arrested 72 drug smugglers, all Afghans over the period in the province, he added.

Although 20 out of Afghanistan's 34 provinces have been identified as poppy-free, still the militancy-ridden country is supplying over 90 percent of the raw material used in manufacturing heroin, to the world.

Source: Xinhua


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