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Drug traffickers kill 11 revolutionary guards in Iran

world Updated: Jul 21, 2007 14:04 IST

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Eleven members of Iran's elite revolutionary guards have been killed in clashes with drug traffickers and rebels in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, a newspaper said on Saturday.

"The clashes happened on Thursday night with armed traffickers and rebels. Nine guards and members of the basij (militia) were also wounded," Ghasem Hasanzadeh, a spokesman for the guards, was quoted as saying by the government daily Iran.

Sistan-Baluchestan lies on a major narcotics smuggling route from neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the past 20 years, thousands of policemen, soldiers and border guards have been killed in clashes with drug traffickers.

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