34 Tajik troops killed in anti-Islamist operation: Sources
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 18:11
Dushanbe: Thirty-four Tajik troops have been killed in two separate incidents during a military operation against Islamic insurgents in the east of the Central Asian state, military sources said on Thursday.

Twenty-eight troops were killed yesterday when a military helicopter crashed in a possible militant strike, the sources told a news agency, although public statements insisted only four were killed in an accident.

"Not a single passenger survived the crash of the Mi-8 military helicopter yesterday," said a military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, raising an earlier toll of 25.

A high-ranking Tajik military source, speaking on condition of strict anonymity, said that it was possible that the helicopter had been shot down by a missile fired by Islamists from their mountain hideouts.

Another six troops were killed in a separate incident caused by the accidental explosion of a mine yesterday, according to a military source.

"The faulty placement of a mine led to an explosion that killed six Tajik national guards," the source told a news agency, adding that more than 10 officers were wounded in the incident.


First Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 18:11

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