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Jordan says troops kill two drug smugglers on border with Syria

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Jordanian troops clashed with drug smugglers on the border with Syria on Friday, killing two people and seizing a shipment of hashish and amphetamines, the military said.

The military said it thwarted two attempts to “infiltrate a group of people and smuggle quantities of drugs” into Jordan.

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The statement said “rules of engagement were applied, which resulted in the killing of two people and the arrest of a third.”

It said the others fled back into Syria following the incident.

The amphetamines were labeled captagon, the street name for a drug whose chemical base is fenethylline.

Jordan is a close Western ally and the kingdom hosts more than 650,000 Syrian refugees.