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Uzbek Official Points to al-Qaida Links

This week’s outbreak of violence in Uzbekistan is linked to al-Qaida, a top anti-terror official said Thursday — the first time the Uzbek government has directly tied the attacks to the terror network headed by Osama bin Laden. In the latest bloodshed, a woman blew herself up at a two-story apartment building in the central Bukhara region Thursday, killing a man and critically wounding herself, police said. The blast occurred in the same area as an explosion at an alleged terrorist bomb-making hideaway that killed 10 people Sunday night. Uzbekistan has closed all border crossings until further notice, including the Friendship Bridge crossing into Afghanistan outside the southern Uzbek city of Termez. Tashkent’s international airport continued to operate. Full Story

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