Qaeda-linked group claims deadly Tajikistan attack: Report
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 21:30
  
Dushanbe: An al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group claimed responsibility on Thursday for a deadly ambush on a military convoy in Tajikistan last week in which at least 28 soldiers were killed.

A spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) said the attack was revenge for Dushanbe's cooperation with NATO forces fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan, in a video sent to Radio Ozodi, the Tajik-language service of Radio Liberty.

"The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan took responsibility for the attack on the ministry of defence convoy that occurred last week, during which 25 soldiers were killed," Radio Ozodi said after reviewing the video.

Tajikistan's defence ministry said the official death toll from the attack, which had previously been put at 25, had climbed to 28 after three soldiers died from their wounds Wednesday.

Tajikistan, a majority-Muslim country and the poorest state to emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union nearly two decades ago, has suffered a string of attacks recently that the government blames on Islamist militants.

The country's deadliest attack this year occurred Sunday when insurgents ambushed a military convoy in the mountainous Rasht Valley region some 250 kilometres (150 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 21:30


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