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    SYNOPSIS: Darra is a frontier town in the heart of the north west frontier province just a few miles from the Afghan border.

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    G/V street scene
    6 ft

    C/U gun butt, pull back to show man with it over his shoulder
    10 ft

    L/V two men along street carrying guns
    12 ft

    S/V gunsmiths crafting guns (2 shots)
    20 ft

    S/V two men carrying gun on tripod out through door
    24 ft

    S/V group of Afghan Mujhadin looking at and handling weapons
    29 ft

    C/U reporter talking to man, pan to Afghan tribesmen

    C/U bullets, pull back to man making ammunition
    47 ft

    C/U hands holding large bullet
    49 ft

    S/V guns laid out on ground
    52 ft

    S/V gunsmith at work
    55 ft

    G/V arms shops in street
    58 ft

    S/V man fires gun into air
    60 ft

    S/V Afghan tribesmen looking at weapons
    66 ft

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: These are from Afghanistan these people? Mujahadin?

    MAN: I think they are all tribesmen

    REPORTER: and they've come to buy the weapons?

    MAN: they've come to buy the weapons from these shops

    REPORTER: Could you ask him where he comes from (pointing to tribesman) ... all from Afghanistan


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SYNOPSIS: Darra is a frontier town in the heart of the north west frontier province just a few miles from the Afghan border. Its main reason for being in guns. The tribesmen carry them as a birth right. Disputes frequently end in a shoot out, and inter-tribal and family quarrels dating back generations are still being settled in the some way.

    So the craftsmen in Darra have never been short of work. But since the Russian occupation of Afghanistan they've turned their skills from the old single shot weapons the tribesmen favoured to more effective weaponry.

    Their customers are the mujhadin, the Afghan tribesmen separated from the people of the north west frontier province only by a border none of them recognise.

    Even the ammunition is home-made, and the resourceful gunsmiths of Darra are already developing new and they hope more effective, weapons for their Afghan neighbours to use.

    Business German, Italian, British, Chinese - show the craftsmen of Darra a weapon and they'll copy it down to the makers' stamp and serial number.

    Of course these weapons are no match for Russian tanks and helicopter gun ships. But they are effective in a well run guerrilla campaign, the Gehad, the Holy War, the tribesmen are involved in to drive the Russians from their homeland.

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