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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

10 Smugglers Killed

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan ? Russian border guards killed 10 smugglers who tried to cross from Afghanistan into Tajikistan carrying 118 kilograms of heroin, officials said Tuesday.

The 10 men were among a group crossing the Pyandzh River, which marks the border between the Central Asian nations, on a raft Monday night when they saw a border patrol and opened fire, the border guard press service said.

The guards returned fire. The press service said no border guards were hurt during the shootout.

The heroin was to be destroyed Wednesday, the press service said.