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Tajikistan Shoots Down Aircraft Carrying Heroin --> Opium cultivation in Afghanistan (file photo) 23 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Officials say border guards in Tajikistan have shot down a piloted motorized parachute carrying 18 kilograms of heroin from Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reported.

Troops opened fire on the paraplane on 22 August above Tajikistan's southeastern border. A search operation was under way to find the pilot, who was thought to have been wounded.

Tajikistan is a major route for drugs flowing from neighboring Afghanistan, the world's top opium producer.

However Sabza Sarkorov, deputy head of the Tajik border troops, told RFE/RL that this was the first time an aircraft with narcotics was intercepted.

(RFE/RL's Tajik Service/dpa/Interfax)

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