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Tajikistan: Bomb Blast Rocks Capital

Dushanbe, 14 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Itar-tass said a bomb blast rocked early today the center of Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, but there were no casualties.

Interior Ministry officials said the home-made bomb went off at a railway bridge not far from the city center. A passenger train that was to pass at that time along the stretch of line connecting Dushanbe with the Uzbek capital Tashkent was several minutes late. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Today's blast was the last of 20 bombings in Dushanbe since early September. No one has been arrested so far. Authorities say the bombings are terrorist actions, aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country after the signing of a peace agreement earlier this year between the government and the Islamic opposition.