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20 Militants Seize Hostages in Uzbekistan

As many as 20 militants seized a large number of hostages Wednesday during a standoff with authorities after a grenade blast in Uzbekistan’s capital, police said. A Russian television network said three people were wounded in the latest violence in the Central Asian nation. The Tashkent blast came at the end of a day when police scoured the capital in pursuit of fugitive militants, and reportedly arrested at least 30. A police official said those in custody so far were adherents of the strict Wahhabi Islamic sect, which was believed to have inspired Osama bin Laden, not members of an extremist group President Islam Karimov has implied were behind the attacks. Full Story

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