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Car Blast In Tajik Capital Injures Policeman

DUSHANBE -- Tajik police say a car bomb has exploded in the capital, Dushanbe, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

The blast went off as policeman Hamdamov Safarali started his car today. Safarali survived, but was injured in the incident.

An Interior Ministry official said the explosion was caused by TNT. An investigation is under way.

A person who lives nearby told RFE/RL he heard the explosion and went to help Safarali.

Safarali lives next door to General Rajabali Rahmonov, the head of the Presidential Guard. One analyst says that Rahmonov (no relation to President Emomali Rahmon) could have been the target of the bomb.

Rahmonov survived a reported assassination attempt when a bomb blew up his car in 2007.