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Tajikistan: Interior Ministry Officer Kidnapped

Dushanbe, 4 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - Tajikistan's Interior Ministry says one of its officers was kidnapped by unknown gunmen last night in the capital Dushanbe .

ITAR-TASS quotes the Interior Ministry as saying Negmatullo Shakhobov was abducted by eight people, six of whom wore masks. It did not say who was behind the kidnapping or give a possible motive. It also did not say whether Shakhobov was in uniform at the time of the kidnapping.

Authorities have yet to apprehend any suspects.