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5 men killed at India-Pakistan border

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Indian security forces shot dead five men trying to smuggle heroin across the border from Pakistan on Saturday.

The five were killed in an early-morning shoot-out after opening fire at Border Security Force (BSF) paramilitaries near a frontier fence in the Tarn Taran district of Punjab state, according to BSF spokesman Krishna Rao.

An AK-47 rifle, four pistols, ammunition magazines, and nearly 10 kg of heroin were recovered, reports AFP.

In western markets, the heroin would have a street value of about US$1.5 million, according to experts.

Punjab state is a major transit route for drugs entering India from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

India has a high-security fence along most of the roughly 3,350km frontier with arch-rival Pakistan.

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