Kabul, Nov 5

Around 400 kg of hashish has been seized in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand by the interior ministry, police said.

Smugglers made an armed resistance during the operation. As a result of a gun-battle, one drug dealer was injured and taken to hospital while another was arrested.

Police said the drug dealers intended to transfer the hashish to Pakistan.

Police also arrested a few farmers in the province who owned fields of opium poppies.

Afghanistan is the global production centre for opium and opiates like heroin and hashish.

There has been a significant rise in drug production since the US-led coalition toppled the Taliban in 2001.

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