Islamist militant fugitive killed in Tajikistan

July 26, 2011 09:00

DUSHANBE - Security forces in Tajikistan killed one Islamist militant who escaped prison nearly a year ago, and recaptured another, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, leaving only two of the 25 escapees on the run.

Tajikistan, the poorest of the 15 former Soviet republics, shares a 1,340-km (840-mile) border with Afghanistan and has been fighting a group of insurgents in the country's east since the jailbreak in August 2010.

Authorities say the 25 prisoners who escaped last year included the organizers of an alleged coup plot. President Imomali Rakhmon fired almost the entire leadership of his security services after the jailbreak. Sixteen of the fugitives have now been recaptured and a further seven killed, authorities say.

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