Two Pakistani smugglers were gunned down by the Border Security Force on Sunday at the Indo-Pak border in Punjab’s Fazilka district. Another was injured in the firefight that ensued while they were trying to smuggle drugs across the border and is now in BSF custody. As much as 15 kg of narcotics, suspected to be heroin, along with arms and ammunition, was seized from their two Indian aides, Hindustan Times reported.

The incident took place around 2 am after BSF personnel detected “suspicious movement” along the border in the area under the Sohana border post. “This seems to be a case of cross-border drug smuggling,” an official said. The intruders opened fire when the BSF troops approached them, The Indian Express reported.

The arrested smuggler was taken to a hospital for treatment and is out of danger, Deputy Inspector General (BSF) Abohar Eepan said. Officials recovered the bodies of the smugglers and are combing the area.