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Attack on Tajik border outpost carried out by IS militants, intelligence agency said

The militants came from Afghanistan, according to Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security

DUSHANBE, November 6. /TASS/. An attack on an outpost on the Tajik-Uzbek border was carried out by militants of the Islamic State (terror group, outlawed in Russia), who had come from Afghanistan, Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security said on Wednesday.

"They [the attackers - TASS] crossed the border from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with a special task, all of them are members of the IS terror group," the intelligence agency said in a statement.

According to the State Committee for National Security, the gunmen had arrived in Tajikistan’s Qabodiyon district on November 3 from northeastern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province. During the interrogation, the terrorists admitted that the Ishkobod outpost was "the most convenient place" for them.

Early on Wednesday, an armed group of 20 individuals wearing masks attacked an outpost on the Tajik-Uzbek border near Rudaki, some 50 km to the west of Dushanbe, the press center of the Border Forces of Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security reported. During an operation conducted by security forces, 15 gunmen were killed and five others were detained. One soldier of the Border Forces and another staff member of Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry were killed in the effort.

Tajikistan marks Constitution Day as a public holiday on November 6.