Half a tonne of drugs from Afghanistan origin seized in Tajikistan Oct 15, 2021 0 0 12345 Dushanbe: In one of the largest finds of drugs of Afghan origin in five years, police in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan have seized around 500 kilogrammes of narcotics.The drugs, including heroin, opium and hashish, were seized in the capital Dushanbe and were destined for the black market, including in Europe, the authorities said on Thursday. Six people were arrested, most of them locals and one suspect from Uzbekistan. The ex-Soviet republics bordering Afghanistan fear an increase in drug smuggling since the hardline Islamist Taliban took power. The black market value of the drugs is 6 million dollars, the police in Dushanbe announced further. Real estate and expensive cars were confiscated from the suspected head of the drug gang. Last year, the Tajik security authorities seized almost 2.5 tons of drugs, according to official figures. Again and again, the quantities are publicly burned there. Tajikistan shares a 1,400-kilometre border with Afghanistan, which is considered a leading nation in the production of illegal drugs. Traditionally, the comparatively porous border is the main gateway for drug smuggling. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 6 killed in violence at Beirut protest over port blast probe Oct 15, 2021 0 0 Duterte’s idea of giving vaccine jabs to sleeping Filipinos a ‘joke’ Oct 15, 2021 0 0 Indonesian tourist islands re-open to visitors from 19 countries Oct 15, 2021 0 0 Two Iranians die after consuming sanitizer in Sri Lankan prison Colombo: Two Iranian nationals who consumed sanitizer liquid died of poisoning inside a high security prison in Sri Lanka on Thursday, an official said. Ten others have been hospitalized after consuming the same liquid .. Death toll from Israeli strikes in Syria rises to nine Beirut: The death toll from an Israeli airstrike in central Syria has risen to nine people, a war monitor reported on Thursday. Nine pro-Iran militiamen were killed in the overnight bombardment .. Thai to permit vaccinated travellers from 5 countries dpa Bangkok The Thai authorities confirmed plans to permit fully-vaccinated travellers from five countries to enter Thailand without having to go into quarantine as of November 1. Tourists from China, the US, Britain, .. Philippines : Storm Kompasu leaves 30 dead, 13 missing dpa Manila Thirty people were killed in landslides and flash floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines, the national disaster agency said Thursday, with 13 people also reported missing. The northern province of ..