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Tajikistan’s officials confirm rebel general Nazarzoda is dead

September 16, 2015, 18:15 UTC+3 DUSHANBE
The anti-terrorist operation to eliminate the gang under a former deputy defense minister, Abdukhalim Nazarzoda, ended at 14:00 local time on September 16
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DUSHANBE, September 16. /TASS/. Tajikistan’s authorities have confirmed that rebel General Abdukhalim Nazarzoda and several members of his entourage are dead. The security sweep in the mountains is over, Tajikistan’s State Security Committee and Interior Ministry have said in a joint statement.

The anti-terrorist operation to eliminate the gang under a former deputy defense minister, Abdukhalim Nazarzoda, ended at 14:00 local time on September 16.

According to the statement "as a result of one and a half days of search and detective measures the terrorists were sealed off in the Ramit Gorge approximately 110 kilometers away from the city of Bakhdat and 130 kilometers away from the capital, Dushanbe, at an altitude of 3,700 meters above the sea level."

"Attempts at negotiations with the aim to persuade the militants to give themselves up failed. The terrorists offered fierce resistance. Return fire killed the gang’s leader Nazarzoda and several members of his entourage,’ the statement runs.

The commander of the anti-terrorist squad Alfa, of Tajikistan’s National Security Committee, Colonel Rustam Amakiyev and also three OMON police and members of the Alfa group died in the clash.

President Emomali Rakhmon offered his condolences to the families of killed police and thanked all those who took part in the operation.

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