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Tajik Official Says IMU Militants Killed Along Kyrgyz Border

DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan's first deputy interior minister says the militants that entered Kyrgyzstan from Tajik territory last week were fighters of the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Ramazon Rahimov told RFE/RL that four of the group were killed and one was detained by Tajik security forces.

He added that Tajik troops continue to search for the rest of the group.

Last week, a group consisting of several armed militants managed to enter Kyrgyz territory and escaped into the Tajik exclave of Vorukh.

According to Rahimov, Tajik security forces detained a total of 14 members of the IMU and 13 members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir movement since the beginning of 2009.