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DUSHANBE, September 7. /TASS/. Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe has returned back to normal life after an armed group of the country's former deputy defense minister accused of plotting a mutiny has been blocked in the mountains.
Abulhalim Nazarzoda, who was dismissed from his position on Friday, and his supporters are now hiding in the Ramitskoye mountain gorge near Dushanbe, where law enforcement agencies continue the anti-terrorist operation.
Tajikistan’s authorities have made every effort to appease citizens. Police have removed cordon around the government buildings. No additional military posts are seen on the central highways in Dushanbe.
On Monday morning, no streets were blocked when President Emomali Rahmon was traveling to attend an opening ceremony for a new consular building of the republic’s Foreign Ministry and a school.
A TASS correspondent reported that vehicles were moving freely along the road leading to Vahdat, a city in western Tajikistan, where the criminal group attacked a local police building last week.
The work of schools as well as shops and social sphere facilities was unhampered in the morning. The Shakhmansur market, the largest in the capital Dushanbe, was full of visitors on Monday, confirming that there is no reason to worry.
Russia’s embassy in Tajikistan has taken additional security measures but no more guards were deployed. All the units of the 201st Russian military base remain in the cantonment area. "The attack of a criminal group and the operation to neutralize it is Tajikistan's domestic affair," a representative of the base command stressed.
According to the latest reports, some 40 members of Nazarzoda’s group have been detained and 17 have been killed. A large amount of weapons and ammunition as well as vehicles have been seized.
Nine police officers have been killed as a result of the criminals' attacks and six others have been wounded.