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Tajikistan: Explosion Injures Opposition Leaders

Khorog, 6 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - A radio-controlled mine went off today in the eastern Tajik border city of Khorog, severely injuring two people.

RFE/RL correspondents in the city report that the two injured were both members of the United Tajik Opposition (UTO) and one is the Badakhshan region chairman of the UTO.

The two were leaving a session of the province's legislature when the bomb exploded. The Tajik government and Russian Border Guard sources in the city had no comment but said an investigation will be initiated immediately.

The La'li Badakhshan political party, which opposes the government but is not formally part of the UTO, claimed that the perpetrators were supporters of the Tajik government who are not interested in seeing peace established in the country.