Tajikistan says 20 Taliban killed along Afghan border

September 11, 2010 15:11


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At least 20 Taliban terrorists and one border guard were killed earlier in the week during a 24-hour long firefight on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border, Tajik officials told AFP on Saturday.

"These Afghan anti-government fighters were hiding on an island in the river Pyzandh [which forms the two countries' border]," Tajik border spokesman Col. Khushnud Rakhmatullayev was quoted as saying by AFP.

He continued, "There was a clash with small arms fire which lasted nearly 24 hours. As a result, 20 militants, forming most of the militant group, were killed."

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