Tajikistan says 7 fugitives caught in Afghanistan

Dushanbe (Tajikistan): Tajikistan's state security service says seven of the 25 prisoners who fled in a brazen jailbreak in August have been recaptured in neighbouring Afghanistan.

National State Security Committee spokesman Nozirdzhon Buriyev said on Monday that among the captured fugitives are two Tajiks convicted on charges that included attempting to violently overthrow the government and three Afghan citizens jailed for arms trafficking and murder.

The violent breakout this summer dealt an embarrassing blow to the Central Asian nation's government that has faced what it called an Islamist insurgency. This weekend's arrests brings the tally of fugitives killed or recaptured up to 17.