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DUSHANBE, July 26 (Itar-Tass) — A ceasefire regime has been extended in the Tajik town of Khorog until Friday, July 27.
“That was done against the background of ongoing talks between the local authorities and the local informal leaders who were the field commanders of the Tajik opposition in the past,” a high-ranking Tajik official told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“The local authorities are conducting the talks through mediators, including clergymen,” the source clarified.
At the same time, the local authorities are asking Khorog residents to remove barricades at the entrance to the town. They were erected to hinder the movement of armored vehicles and trucks sent by government forces. At present, these barricades are hindering traffic and are creating logjams.
The source added that the main requirement remained unchanged: to turn in suspects linked to the murder of Tajik Security Service General Abdullo Nazarov in the evening of July 21 and voluntarily hand over weapons to avert the situation from getting worse.
In the meantime, unidentified gunmen have opened fire at riot police units heading for Khorog, the administrative center of the Gorno-Badakhshan Administrative District, a source at one of the Tajik ‘force’ agencies told Itar-Tass.
According to some reports, over 20 riot policemen came under fire in the Rushansky district.
It’s been impossible to get any confirmation from officials at the Tajik Interior Ministry. Interior Minister Ramzan Rakhimov has been staying in Khorog since July 22.