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Tajikistan: More Explosions Rock Capital

Dushanbe, 10 September 1997 (RFE/RL) - Three more explosions have been reported along a major thoroughfare in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, the site of four blasts earlier today.

A police official, quoted by Reuters, said the new explosions occurred along the same road leading from the airport to the city center. He said no one was injured in the latest blasts.

The explosions come as the leader of the country's main opposition group, Said Abdulloh Nuri, prepares to return to Dushanbe from Teheran. He is to head a National Reconciliation Commission established under a peace agreement signed in June, ending years of civil war. Security concerns have pushed back Nuri's return, which was originally set for Monday. Nuri told RFE/RL's Tajik service today that he and the opposition delegation will arrive in the Tajik capital sometime tomorrow.

Tajik officials tell RFE/RL today's explosions are meant to derail the peace efforts and frighten Nuri from returning to Dushanbe. But an opposition member, Yusuf Khakimov, told Reuters the blasts would not shatter Nuri's will to return.