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Extra Security Forces Leave Restive Gorno-Badakhshan

Tajik forces have now pulled out of Khorugh.
Tajik forces have now pulled out of Khorugh.
Tajik troops who were recently deployed in the restive Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province have pulled out of the region under the terms of an agreement with local civil society activists.

The agreement was signed late afternoon on August 23, following two days of protests by hundreds of residents in the city of Khorugh.

The protests followed the killing of a former rebel who had commanded opposition fighters in the 1990s Tajik Civil War.

Imomnazar Imomnazarov, who was also alleged to have organized crime links, was slain overnight on August 21 in an attack on his home.

Government officials have denied any involvement.

The government sent extra forces to the province in July after a local security chief was stabbed to death.

Clashes between the troops and militants left some 70 people dead.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RIA Novosti

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