Armed groups linked to Islamic party clash with police in Tajikistan's capital, 17 dead

September 4, 2015 3:24 PM

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DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – Authorities in Tajikistan say armed groups led by a disaffected deputy defense minister have mounted attacks that have left at least eight police officers and nine militants dead.

In contrast with neighboring Afghanistan, the former Soviet Central Asian nation of Tajikistan rarely sees such bloodshed and the unrest is likely to unnerve the government.

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