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Two heroin factories destroyed in Nangarhar

AT-KABUL: The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) carried out operations against heroin makers and destroyed two factories in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, Special Forces of the Interior Ministry were succeeded to discover two factories of heroin in Kambo area of the Khogyani district.

The officials added that the operation against two heroin factories was carried out around 8pm and ended in the early hours of Monday morning.

The provincial government media office in a statement said several factories of heroin were destroyed during the similar operations in the past.

This comes as there is a threatening increase in cultivation, production and smuggling of heroin across the country during the recent months.

According to the last survey report, there has been 43 per cent rise in opium cultivation is recorded in Afghanistan.

The survey jointly initiated by the Afghan authorities and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, around 201,000 acres of land were being cultivated with opium in 2016.

According to the officials, insecurity, insufficient funds for campaign against opium cultivation and production, and hot season played key roles in growing opium cultivation in Afghanistan during the year 2016.

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