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Tajik Police Arrest Suspected Taliban Members

Tajik authorities say they have arrested two suspected members of the Pakistani Taliban during a police search operation.

The Interior Ministry on June 24 identified the two men as Umarali Toshpulotov and Komiljon Kulbashev, both residents of Tajikistan's southern Khatlon Province.

The ministry said the men had joined the militant group after allegedly undergoing "special religious training" in Pakistan.

The ministry said the men have admitted fighting against NATO-led international troops in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban.

Tajik authorities have repeatedly expressed concerns about what they describe as the threat from Tajik citizens studying in underground religious schools in Pakistan.

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