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Jordanian Army: 27 Killed in Shootout with Syria Smugglers

Jordanian Army: 27 Killed in Shootout with Syria Smugglers

Thursday, 27 January, 2022 - 08:45
Jordanian police officers check the cars at Jordan's Jaber border crossing, near Syria's Nassib checkpoint, near Mafraq, Jordan, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

The Jordanian military said Thursday that troops have killed 27 suspected smugglers attempting to enter the country from neighboring Syria.

The report on the army's website said that it had thwarted several suspected attempts to smuggle drugs into Jordan from Syria, and that large quantities of narcotics were sized in separate interventions that also left several people wounded.

The military said that it was “continuing to apply the newly established rules of engagement and will strike with an iron fist and deal with force and firmness with any infiltration or smuggling attempts to protect the borders.”

Earlier this month the military said an army officer was killed in a shootout with smugglers along the long border it shares with Syria.

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