Police: Rebels in Tajikistan surrender weapons – CBS News

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Tajik soldiers are gaining the upper hand over armed opposition groups along the Afghan border, with a growing number of rebels surrendering their weapons in hopes of gaining amnesty, police said Monday. But Tajik authorities are still seeking one gang’s leader, whom they blame for the death of a top security official.

Word of the fading resistance in the Gorno-Badakhshan provincial capital, Khorog, eased fears of greater instability in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation, which still bears the scars of a five-year civil war in the 1990s that is estimated to have killed more than 60,000 people. Tajikistan’s location also makes it strategically important to the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.

Clashes broke out Tuesday in Khorog as authorities sought to arrest Tolib Ayombekov, a one-time warlord suspected in the killing of Abdullo Nazarov, a general in Tajikistan’s national intelligence service. Hundreds of troops have reportedly poured into Khorog to hunt down Ayombekov.

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