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Militant Group Could Be Trying to Enter Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Tanaev announced on 27 August that the country is reinforcing its border defenses in connection with Independence Day celebrations on 31 August and in response to reports that a group of armed militants might be trying to enter Kyrgyzstan, Interfax reported. According to Tanaev, the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry and the State Border Service have sent out groups of searchers to investigate reports received in early August that a group of 15-20 militants, including eight Kyrgyz citizens, tried to cross the Afghan border into Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, which borders on Kyrgyzstan. Defense Minister Colonel General Esen Topoev told Interfax that the reinforced border defenses would probably be left in place for a month. Full Story

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