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Four Armed Men Arrested In Tajik Enclave In Kyrgyzstan

DUSHANBE -- Tajik police have arrested four armed men in the Tajik enclave of Vorukh in Kyrgyzstan's Batken Province, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

The police believe the men, who were detained on October 19, were part of the armed group that crossed from Tajikistan's Isfara district into Kyrgyz territory after a shoot-out at the Koktosh border crossing last week.

Kyrgyz border guards have surrounded the enclave, while Tajik police forces search for the armed group.

In a separate police operation in Isfara on October 17, four suspected followers of the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) were killed and another was arrested.

It remains unclear if the armed men arrested in Vorukh were connected to the IMU.