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Afghan Drug Dealers hold 20 Tajiks Hostage - 2002-10-01


Security officers in Tajikistan say Afghan drug dealers are holding at least 20 Tajiks hostage in neighboring Afghanistan.

The Itar-Tass news agency reports most of the hostages are drug couriers who owe debts to their suppliers. The agency quotes a Tajik security officer as saying there may be many more hostages than reported.

The officer said Tajik authorities are taking measures to free the captives.

Tajikistan has become a major trafficking route for illegal drugs entering Russia and western Europe from Afghanistan.

Russia has more than 25-thousand troops in Tajikistan to help guard the border with Afghanistan against arms and drug smugglers, and to block the movements of Islamic extremists.

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