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Militant Blows Himself Up in Uzbekistan

A lone militant who was holed up in a house blew himself up early Thursday, ending a standoff in the Uzbek capital. The official statement contradicted accounts of militants holding a large number of hostages. Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency reported two hostages had been freed unharmed, citing police at the scene. The incident appeared at first to mark a fourth straight day of violence in the Central Asian country, where police and Islamic militants had allegedly engaged in battles and bombings that had taken at least 42 lives. But Oleg Bichenov, Tashkent city police anti-terrorism deputy chief, said early Thursday their were no hostages and that a lone man — barricaded in a house and surrounded by police — had detonated explosives, killing himself. Full Story

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