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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Tajikistan Tuesday charged a rebel former deputy defense minister with high treason and terrorism after deadly street battles broke out in the ex-Soviet country last week.The government of the ex-Soviet country blames Nazarzoda -- a deputy defense minister until his dismissal last week -- for orchestrating attacks that left nine policemen and 13 militants dead in the capital Dushanbe and a provincial town on Friday.Authorities say Nazarzoda fought on the side of the United Tajik Opposition during a five-year civil war that ended in 1997 and claimed up to 150,000 lives.The government also claims Nazarzoda belongs to the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), the country's largest opposition faction that was effectively closed down by the government late last month.
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