0422 GMT December 01, 2022
Kerman Province’s police chief, Abdolreza Nazeri, added on Tuesday that 697 kilograms of narcotics were also confiscated during the incident, which occurred the previous night, Press TV reported.
He regretted that during the clash, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Barzegarpour was also martyred.
Nazeri explained that the incident occurred as police officers grew suspicious of two cars at a checkpoint in Kerman and asked them to pull over, but they sped up and tried to escape.
He added that the police officers immediately chased after the cars and managed to arrest one of the criminals and kill six others.
“During the operation, in addition to the narcotics, three assault rifles, 17 magazines, and large quantities of ammunition were discovered, and, unfortunately, five of our comrades were injured,” the police chief further said.
Iran, which shares a 900-kilometer border with Afghanistan, is used as a transit route for trafficking narcotics from Afghanistan to markets in Europe.
For decades, Iran has been fighting a relentless battle against international drug networks, but the war has cost it many lives, not to mention its financial burden.
For instance, the country has spent more than $700 million on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.
The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has also claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.
This comes as the West not only refrains from assisting Iran in the battle, but has also kept the country under considerable economic pressure through its draconian sanctions.