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Two Army Draft Commission Officers Stabbed To Death In Tajikistan

DUSHANBE -- Two officers from a military commission that is responsible for conscription in Tajikistan have been stabbed to death in the capital, Dushanbe.

Tajik Defense Ministry spokesman Faridun Mahmadaliev said on November 9 that a group of unknown assailants with knives attacked four officers from the military commission in Dushanbe's Sino District on November 7, killing two of them and seriously wounding another two.

Mahmadaliev said the attack took place on the streets of Dushanbe.

He said that the ministry is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading the the capture of the attackers.

According to Mahmadaliev, the attack was not related to military's 10-week conscription drive that began on October 1.

Tajik authorities have been criticized for years for forcibly detaining young men and drafting them into the army.

Men aged 18 to 27 must serve at least two years in Tajikistan's military, but draft evasion has been common since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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