Police officers secure an area in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, where several Interior Ministry special forces officers and a traffic policeman were reportedly shot dead earlier on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Leonard)
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Police in Tajikistan said Saturday they had closed in on a sacked deputy defense minister accused of leading gun attacks around the capital Dushanbe, amid rising tension between the pro-Moscow secular government and Islamist opposition.Following the attacks, security forces in the Central Asian nation pursued the insurgents, led by renegade general Abdulkhalim Mirzo Nazarzod, to a gorge some 150 km (95 miles) from the city.Nazarzod is a member of the main opposition Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), and a former opposition militiaman.Russia supported Rakhmon during the civil war and still keeps a 6,000-strong military base in Tajikistan.
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