Three militants killed in Tajikistan fighting: Official
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Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010, 21:02
Dushanbe: Government forces in Tajikistan killed three Islamist militants on Friday amid fresh fighting in a volatile region near the border with Afghanistan, a Tajik military official told a news agency.

Thousands of troops have surged into the remote Rasht Valley region near the Afghan border as part of a manhunt for militants believed responsible for a string of deadly attacks throughout the Central Asian state in recent weeks.

"Three fighters have been killed," a Tajik military official told a news agency under condition of anonymity.

"Their identity has not yet been established but these fighters are from local terrorist organisations."

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 Rasht Valley, a mountainous region some 250 kilometres (150 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe.

On Thursday, the al Qaeda-linked militant groups the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 28 government soldiers. PTI

First Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 21:02

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