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Tajiks Recapture Seventh Jail-Break Fugitive

Aliev Ali Magomedovich had been on the run for over three weeks
Aliev Ali Magomedovich had been on the run for over three weeks
DUSHANBE -- Tajik authorities say they have captured another member of a group of high-profile inmates who broke out of jail in Dushanbe last month, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mahmadullo Asadulloev told RFE/RL that the fugitive was detained this morning during a special search operation in Vahdat district to the east of the capital, Dushanbe.

He is the seventh escapee out of a group of 25 fugitives to be recaptured since the August 23 jail-break.

"One more inmate who escaped from the detention center of Tajikistan's State Committee for National Security was detained. He is Aliev Ali Magomedovich. He was born 1983 in the city of Radun in the Tumen oblast of the Russian Federation. He is an ethnic Avar," Asadulloev said.

On September 2, former Guantanamo inmate Ibrahim Nasridinnov, one of three people thought to have orchestrated the escape, was also captured by security forces in Vahdat.

On September 6 security forces captured Abdurasul Mirzoev near the town of Faizobod, also in Vahdat district.

The 52-year-old Abdurasul Mirzoev -- the brother of General Ghaffor Mirzoev -- was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being apprehended and extradited from the United Arab Emirates earlier this year. He was convicted of illegal possession of weapons, robbery, and plotting to overthrow the government.

The State Committee for National Security, the successor agency to the KGB, said September 13 that two men armed with automatic rifles and handguns clashed with security forces before being detained over the weekend. Another two fugitives were captured in a separate raid on September 10.

The 18 other escapees, among them three Russian citizens, four Afghans and two Uzbeks, are still at large.

Many of the fugitives were suspected members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan militant group.