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Blast During Dushanbe Summit Injures Police Officer


Heads of state Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, and Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan (left to right) were in Dushanbe for security talks at the time.

Heads of state Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, Emomali Rakhmon of Tajikistan, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, and Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan (left to right) were in Dushanbe for security talks at the time.

DUSHANBE (Reuters) -- A bomb blew up a police car late on July 30 in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, where the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia were holding security talks, an Interior Ministry source said.

Tajikistan, a volatile nation north of Afghanistan, was hosting a summit attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari, and Russia's Dmitry Medvedev.

The source said a bomb planted inside a police car went off, wounding one officer. No one was killed.

"We are trying to figure out whether it was a terrorist act or a personal grudge against this particular policeman," the source said.

Medvedev was still in Tajikistan early on July 31 to attend a ceremony marking the opening of a Moscow-built hydroelectric power station outside Dushanbe.
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