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Tajik Military Checkpoints Removed From Scene Of Recent Clashes

KHORUGH, Tajikistan -- Authorities have removed military checkpoints in the eastern Tajik town of Khorugh, the scene of recent deadly clashes between government troops and illegal armed groups.

An RFE/RL Tajik Service correspondent in Khorugh quoted unnamed officials as saying government troops had also begun to withdraw from the city.

The checkpoints were set up after about 70 people were killed during a government operation on July 24 against what the authorities described as militants accused of the killing of a regional security chief.

Local residents staged a rally on August 11 demanding the removal of the checkpoints.

The rally took place after a soldier on duty shot dead two passengers of a vehicle that refused to stop at a checkpoint.