Afghan Cops Kill 64 in Drug Busts
36K pounds of narcotic seized in Helmand raid
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2010 4:00 AM CDT
Afghan policemen patrol as tractors destroy an opium poppy field in Nad Ali district, Helmand province.   (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq)

(Newser) – Afghan cops say they have killed 64 militants and drug traffickers during a 3-day operation in Helmand province, according to law enforcement authorities. Ten other people were arrested and 36,000 pounds of narcotics were seized, along with weapons and suicide vests. Afghan authorities said that the dozens of people killed were terrorists, CNN reports, and fourteen civilians being held captive by the traffickers were freed.